A respite awaited for! An occasion felt for by most as it interjects in between. It divides the year into two more or less. School holidays for two weeks to savor. There are at other times for instance the one at the end of year. That would stretch for almost six weeks, the ultimate. But nothing like one in mid-year. It is akin to a rest in between takes short enough to rest a little but not too long to lose the momentum
Yippee! It is here!
The first stop is the Club. Not too early in the morning but just about when it is turning a little warmer. A spot of swimming is in order. It has been said swimming is a total thing. The coordination of muscles to movements is perfectly timed and balanced. The beauty is the breathing sequence is invoked keeping pace with the gliding moves. All muscles are working in tandem, facial when breathing, hands and legs in progressing forward and the stomach usually neglected comes into play naturally. A two- hour stint is about enough to unwind a little and then off to the cafeteria for some snacks
The Mall provides a healthy environment later in the day or early the following day. Time to look around for new products or games or even books not available at the libraries. The kids (read: grand-children) are aware of what are lacking in their arsenal. They know the latest games. They pick and choose for which Gramps would be at a loss to comprehend but just to pay
Variety of shops
Some revision exercises in the evenings for two hours or so completes the day. Uneventful two weeks of light activities just so to keep them occupied. It was different when Gramps was their age before. The variety of distractions nowadays would keep creeping every minute. Parental guidance is a real thing!
Note: A Haibun, a Japanese form comprises a prose together