I’ve been doing a fair bit of ‘this time last year’ thinking over the last few weeks.
It feels so strange to think that a year ago the schools had just closed for the first time, and I was so optimistic that they would open up again after the Easter holidays! Now here we are, a year later and things are still only just, ever-so-slowly, creeping back to some kind of normality.
We still couldn’t go along for our usual big Easter egg hunts in the local parks, but the children still had a lot of fun following clues that led them all around the house to find the eggs that I had hidden.
We also didn’t have a roast dinner at my in-laws house which we’ve done a few times in the past for Easter, but we were able to go and sit in their garden in the sunshine. We took up homemade pizza to share and my mother-in-law cooked up some party food that we didn’t get to share on Boxing day, and we cracked open a bottle of clementine buck’s fizz that had also been waiting since Christmas to be enjoyed.
The children did egg and spoon races and played a bit of tennis. We talked, we ate, we drank, and it was just a wonderfully relaxed way to spend the day.
Just being able to see people in their gardens feels amazing after so long apart. And now the children are starting to get excited for possibly being able to have a sleepover with their grandparents next month, if restrictions keep being lifted.
For now though we have another week of holidays to enjoy, plenty of chocolate to eat, and a renewed sense of optimism that they might manage a full term at school to end the year this time around (oh I hope I don’t come to regret that comment!).