A very emotional D woke up this morning, she’d spent the majority of last week feeling upset because she was missing the routine of school and now, with the return to school on Monday, she was getting anxious about that.
Ever since D has been in the Joseph production at school, she’s sung a particular song to demonstrate her feelings – Close Every Door To Me – and that’s how this morning started. Lots of tears, lots of anxiety, lots of wanting to “destroy” herself.
So, a distraction was in order, something that would appeal to both T and D, something healthy, fun and active.
We decided to go and fly a kite in the field near us, but having a wander through the glorious woods that are literally on our doorstep first.
The woods are used a lot by dog-walkers and we have to time it right for that reason. D has a severe stranger anxiety and, ever since the dog next door attacked our previous cat, they both have a (justifiable) fear of dogs too. For that reason, early mornings/afternoons are out for a good ramble. Today, we timed it just right.
Going over the stile and into the woods:
Heading off down the paths:
Stopping to admire yellow flowers on a bush:
Who lives in a hole like this (in a Lloyd Grossman voice)?
Having a pit-stop:
Arriving at the field…yippee! Space and no other people, ideal for T and D:
Flying the kite:
And there had to be some football from T:
He wore himself out!
A successful trip, the fresh air blasted away those anxieties and did us all good.
Both much more relaxed this afternoon.
There will still be school on Monday – and no doubt anxieties beforehand – but it was good to see them both smiling and laughing.
I hope everyone’s had a good day, comments/RTs/shares welcomed, thanks for reading Jx 😘