Week 36: Get lost in your lunch hour
A moment to relax control...
No official lunch hours for me last week as I am still on school summer holidays, but I am one of those people who find it hard to be inside when the weather is fine and so will find any excuse for a walk.
During the holidays I will walk about 4 miles a day. Sometimes with my eleven-year-old (chattering on at me about gaming, Star Trek or Lego!) and sometimes, blissfully on my own!
I generally don’t aim to get lost as I can be an anxious person who likes to maintain some basic control. Last week though all the kids and I met up with my sister in law and her son. We met at a local hilly woodland. Now, both of us are used to generally following my husband when it comes to walking. He is like some type of bushman when it comes to the countryside with an instinctive sense of direction.
We were generally all chatting until we realised that as much as it was lovely walking down this lovely path, we had no idea how we were going to get back up. Mild panic arose in me. My girls were wondering what all the fuss was about as they regularly do Duke of Edinburgh expeditions and the two boys were too busy discussing which trading cards they could make. At this point Mrs Sensible reared her head and I insisted we walk back the way we had come. I am relieved that I did this as the walk back was pretty gruelling for us mums and I think any more scrambling may have spoilt the relaxation of the walk.
So anything learnt from this? Well my kids think I am some ‘hippy Buddhist’ which is fine - I am in many ways, but I am a pragmatic one! Getting lost can be great, but also finding your way back in time to not cause unnecessary stress is pretty important too. When I go back to work on Monday I will definitely be walking in my lunch hour, but I won’t be going too far afield!