A few weeks ago we’d had one of those weekends that involved lots of jobs needing doing around the house. My son is very good at entertaining himself when needs must but I don’t like him being indoors all weekend. So late in the afternoon, we headed out for an hour, to have some fun running free around Brill Windmill.
We’d not been up to the windmill in ages, and even on a dull afternoon, it offers lovely views across the countryside. My son had been a bit grumpy about the idea of going out. He was quite happy playing with his Lego, but I knew once we opened the car door he’d feel differently.
Within a couple of minutes of parking up, he’d come up with a new game, running from mound to mound around the windmill whilst I timed him.
He was soon squealing with delight as he dashed past me and chased after his Dad. Simple pleasures which cost nothing. I stood and reflected that it was moments like this that I truly treasure. I’m very thankful that my son really is an outdoor child at heart.
He ran and ran, laughed and chased us around. Not a care in the world, just as childhood should be. We’ve spent far more time this year enjoying the simple things, spent more time closer to home, appreciating what’s on our doorstep and just spending time together in the fresh air. I’m a firm believer that fresh air cures a lot of ills and certainly when life has been really stressful, getting outside, whatever the weather, has done us all some good.
I stood and watched my soon to be ten-year-old son, running free around Brill Windmill and just smiled.
In a few years, I’m sure he’ll want to spend time with his friends rather than us, and the novelty of running around a windmill will be lost forever. So right now, I’m just enjoying these moments.
Where do you take your kids for a run around?