As much I might groan about being a busy Mum, running children here and there for sport, appointments, parties, school and school events – there are some fringe benefits that happen along the way. Some of my most important conversations with my children are in the car. There’s something about the car that brings out all sorts of topics that just need discussing – whether the radio brings them up and they are world events, or something that is close to them and what is happening in their lives. It seems to be the best time to find out exactly what is going on with them!
Right now my son is getting his hours up driving the car on his “L Plates” (learners licence) in preparation for sitting his Driver’s Test. I get to take photos either along the way now that I am more comfortable with his driving as he becomes more and more competent, or I get to take photos at our destination. Since footy season started he likes heading to the beach for recovery – no matter the weather! 10 – 15 minutes in the freezing cold water in the bay is just what he tells me he needs the day after a match or training- (yes, we are in full on winter mode now where I live). I don’t know how he can do it, standing and walking through the water till his legs go numb! But … the fringe benefit for me is that I either get to go for a walk if the weather is not too horrid and take photos, or, I sit in the car and read, snapping just a couple of photos as I brave the cold air, before I retreat back into the car. I’m enjoying the one on one time I get with him, and love that he is so appreciative of the extra time it takes for me to provide something that benefits him – while secretly it benefits me too!
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