I finished work for my two week Christmas break yesterday so I spent the day tying up loose ends and preparing to be away. I know how lucky I have always been as out offices close for the festive period, so I have never had to work between Christmas and new year. I know from experience that it will fly by faster than any other holiday. It is always a busier holiday than any other so I think that is what makes it go quickly, there is the run up to Christmas and then that lull before New Year and then bang, it is back to work. I joined my company on January 2nd 1990, so I am about to have my 29th anniversary, which seems ridiculous to me as that is a lifetime! How much has changed during those 29 years? I arrived newly graduated and keen to progress and learn, I had no idea back then that I would stay as long as I have. We got married after 5 years at work and bought a house in the town where my office is, so I have a four minute commute, and we both worked hard, both doing more than our share of travelling for work. Then after 11 years, I took maternity leave to have, and then look after, baby Joshua.
I returned to work, for three days a week , when he was 6 months old and he went to a local childminder who had her own son who was 6 months older than Joshua. They all had fun together and that arrangement worked well and I had hoped that this would represent my permanent childcare solution. She took maternity leave to have her daughter and during that time, Joshua attended local nurseries, which he did not settle at and so it was with relief that he resumed his time with his childminder. That continued well until her mother died, leaving her an inheritance, and the family bought a retail business and she stopped being a childminder , sadly. So it was back to nursery until Joshua started at mainstream nursery school, which both he and I loved.
At that stage I increased my hours to four days a week and that has continued that I take Friday’s off. These Fridays are very precious to me, I have never been keen to resume full time hours. The plan is that my Fridays are ‘me time’, to use as I choose. Today for instance I am at school this morning for my monthly coffee morning, then I will do a supermarket shop on the way home and this afternoon, Joshua’s social worker is coming round. But they are not all like that, having last Friday off meant that we could enjoy a long weekend away and I have booked to go and visit two friends in the new year who I have not seen for many years. During term-time Friday is a day without Joshua at home, so whether I am doing things on my own, at school, with my husband or friends, it tends to be a Joshua-free day.
It is the last day of term today for him and so it will be my last Joshua-free day for two and a half weeks, which will be fun. I know that he enjoys school so now that he is busier and more active, we will see how we all get on. He will enjoy the family-together time, although he will probably be less tolerant of the inevitable time that will be spent in the kitchen in the build up to Christmas, as he is less willing to watch from the snug, these days he comes into the kitchen too and stands very close, demanding cuddles and wanting to help by opening and closing drawers and cupboards for me. He used to be oblivious of what went on in the kitchen now it is a source of interest and also annoyance, as it is somewhere where he does not get full attention. He used to have long teenager lie -ins , so you could get on in the morning, but more recently, he is too busy to stay in bed and he usually appears around 7ish, ready to attack the day at full pace.
So today is the first day of my Christmas holiday…bring it on!
is day one of my Christmas holiday…bring it on!