While I sit here relaxing with my third cup of tea today, I am aware of the silence that surrounds me and how much I like it. I now have finally been able to despatch my children off to school and all that remains is a delicious silence and emptiness in the house and it made me realise how much I value that sameness in the days that the children are being educated.
Let me explain, our children need routine in order to get them from A to B without any interruptions or meltdowns, we all follow certain patterns in order to avoid any un-necessary hiccups along the way and hope there isn't any change in events that would cause a major bump in the road for them.
However we too have this desire for sameness, we all breathed a sigh of relief at getting them back to school, we follow routines every day ourselves, we bring them to school, we collect them, we do homework with them, make dinner etc. We all follow a set pattern with one difference between them and us, they need help to transition into their routines whereas we can cope with curveballs thrown at us and not throw a major wobbly over it, yes it might be a inconvienence to us but nothing we can't handle.
Take me for example, when they go to school I do not have a shred of noise in the house, no tv is put on, no radio, I have to have complete silence in order to preserve my sanity before the onslaught begins when they return. This has become very important to me but if it was shattered briefly I would be able to cope, this is not the case for our children. I now have a finer appreciation for children that go around with their hands up to their ears because they cannot filter out the noise that comes at them, I get where they are coming from and how distracting that must be for them. I also get the fact of why they act up if routines are not in place because I too can be upset if something crops up out of the blue.
Today I waved two very happy little children off to school pleased that not only where they going back to routine but I was as well and oh how happy that made me!