“I’m boring” is the repeated refrain from a four year old who hasn’t worked out yet that it’s actually bored! It’s day one of the school holidays, he’s still at pre-school, and it’s already begun!
While it might be kind of cute that Little Yang thinks he’s boring, it’s not so much when you’re trying to work from home and his big sister doesn’t make
much of an any effort to relieve said boredom – she’s already a bit jaded too. And there’s 8 weeks to go.
I would look to the blogosphere or Pinterest for school holiday activity ideas, but we’re all still pre-occupied with Christmas shopping and festive baking (some great wholefood recipes here from Natural New Age Mum if you’re interested) so the boredom-buster lists will have to wait until January (but Bron from Maxabella Loves has a great – make today a good day – list. )
Shame the kids can’t wait – for Christmas or the next thing to occupy themselves with.
Little does Little Yang know that he’ off to pre-school (or pre-prep) for his normal days of Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, so that will be his tedium sorted. Meantime Miss Yin will be enjoying play-dates, movies and even the joy of lolling about at home without an annoying little brother, as we do the juggle of swapping play-overs and work shifts and mostly making it work.
I was looking forward to school holidays and the end to the rush and structure, but will you permit me just one sigh. Sigh.
I read a post from Leo Babauto of Zen Habits about how our brains are stuck so much in fast mode that we are constantly busy, yet ironically also bored (he’s tagged the post – Whoosh). Funnily enough, his previous post was how to use deliberate delay as a tactic to overcome our need for instant gratification.
So I’m taking these ideas on board (as opposed to on bored)!
The Christmas period brings into sharp relief our society’s need for something shiny and new all the time – for constant satisfaction, instant gratification and even repeated distraction (hello FB) to relieve our boredom as much as anything.
The boredom of our busy-ness – paradoxical huh!
We don’t do deep concentration very well, and so we delay (or miss out on) deep satisfaction. We seldom stop to really savour.
We don’t allow ourselves to get so lost in the flow that we find ourselves.
I watched The Notebook again the other night (spoiler alert – is there anyone who hasn’t seen this classic chick flick?). I so love how he trawls (or reads) through a lifetime of memories so he can steal her back a brief snatch of recollection, of joy. It’s deep love and dedication of course – it’s never boring, even when you’ve watched the movie numerous times.
Now I don’t do play all that well either, especially not when there is work to be done, and I can’t believe the kids can be ‘boring’ on the very first day of school holidays. I will have to get better at it. And more patient, so my impatience doesn’t get boring. And deep, I really must get depth.
Meantime a moment’s joy of that special moment when the training wheels come off.
Are we there yet? Yep. Tell me what you think – are you boring, or easily bored? Boredom busters anyone? Linking up for another IBOT with Essentially Jess.