Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Simple and Good
















When I was kid I loved PJ days.  Those days when mum took things slowly, allowing us to watch a little extra T.V and pausing to read us stories at any old time. She would tinker around in her timber laminate kitchen preparing baked treats and Vegemite sambos at lunch time. Her trackies had elastic at the ankles and her favourite cardigan was an over sized cobolt blue number, complete with dinner plate sized buttons down the front. It was a little bit pilled and oh so snuggley.

Afternoons would be spent in the back yard with Tilly, the boxer dog and the ocean breeze. My brother and I were besties and were left longing for nothing. In my memory, everyday was a fresh Spring morning and every tree was heavy with Wattle blossoms, such is the beauty of childhood.

The richness of my early years was in its simplicity. I remember being at home a lot. Playing the the yard surrounded not by 'things' but by my brother, a timber paling fence and a blue trampoline sans protection mats and safety mesh.



At about 3pm today I looked around to see my kids still in their PJ's. Zeph was sporting some hand-me-down 'Bat Man' flannels (thanks Eli) while Pip was covered in dirt and her big brothers Octanaut jammies.

Earlier in the the day we crafted, baked, watched tellie, jumped on the trampoline and collected the eggs.

The sun was shining, the breeze warm and the Magnolia in bloom. As the day drew to a close I was filled with a huge hope - a hope that maybe, just maybe, I'm providing a childhood for my kids that was as blessed as my own.

That maybe, one day, they will look back and remember me standing in the kitchen buttering their bread and baking them treats. That they will lovingly mock my laminate bench tops and my pilled over sized cardis. That they will be grateful for my rotund frame that grew them and hugged them.

I hope that one day, they will stand under a fresh Spring sky and deeply know that their childhood was simple and good.



Do you indulge in the odd PJ day with your young ones? Do you remember them from your own childhood?

26 comments:

  1. Oh I just love this post. Exactly what I needed to hear x Jess

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  2. I love pj days. I am a seasoned professional. Infact I think I enjoy them more than the kids! xo

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  3. Oh, Em, that just made me cry. And smile. And filled me with resolve. Bless you x

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  4. I love this post too. I am going to do more of this. I know my girls love it too. I had to make them go to the park today, but is was because of me, not them. Love it. xx

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  5. Beautiful and beautifully written! Loved reading this, reminded me of my childhood on our farm! Adventures in the paddocks, the rock piles, the dam, the trees, our bikes, imaginations and four sisters.
    Love a good pj day with my two girls too. With a 'fly in-fly out' husband/daddy we spend all our days together...sometimes in our pjs x

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  6. pj days are the best. It is summer holidays here in the uk - two days ago I looked around, four children ages 20 - 9 were slumped against each other watching 'Emperors New Groove' all in their pjs. I loved it. The slow days are the good ones x

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  7. Beautiful post!
    I love a good pj day...we had one on Sunday...homemade muffins, lolling about, coffee and a banana milkshake for the little one, lots of playing trains and chasing chickens. When it was time for Toddler C to take his nap he was still in his jammies! Definitely a great day!

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  8. Absolutely love a PJ day. Confession time....sometimes, I even let my son have a day off school so we can have one together! So important to slow down sometimes!

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  9. I really miss these days. Now all my three kids are at school and I am working four days out of five in the week I miss having the time to spend with them lolling about making things and just being. And the weekends feel so full. Sport, parties etc. I need to slow down!!!. Gorgeous post. Loved it xxx

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  10. this sounds like a beautiful day...this is life :)

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  11. Cheers to pjs and pilled jumpers, the marrow of life

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  12. Of course you are! And of course they will. love it, glad the day was simple and wonderful. :)

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  13. i love your writings about motherhood. we must be on the same wavelength because i relate to everything you write about! this was beautiful. i also wonder how my kids will remember (and judge - eeks) me when they're grown. funny and scary to think about. ;)

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  14. pj days are the best kind of days! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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  15. Great post, good to be reminded of what is important and what will likely be remembered by our kiddos. I want my kids to have a childhood simple and beautiful like mine also :)

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  16. Beautiful post. I remember the "snow days" of my childhood being like this. We do indulge in these slow days every now and again. My children also love them.
    ~FringeGirl

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  17. So beautifully written. What a magical picture you painted with your words! My childhood was also simple and wonderful. Hopefully my children will feel the same. We love pj days!

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  18. Beautifully written Em. I can't remember having pj days when I was little so I made sure the boys had them... I miss those day... maybe, although they are taller than me and in their teens I should bring them back...LOL!

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  19. I think I'm making up for my pj day-less childhood aplenty these days - unless I'm heading out, my days off are usually pj days!
    Simply beautiful sentiments, Em.

    Sar xx

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  20. Sadly, with 3 at school, I can't even remember the last PJ day we had, but I do know the feelings you describe.
    Your words "...longing for nothing" are beautiful and yet make me sad. We have stretched ourselves beyond our means to send our kids to wonderful Christian schools but the downside is the wealth that comes with a private school. Daily my kids are faced with the latest gadgets and the most extensive list of extracurricular activities. My kids have fast learn't the word "no". It's not them I am sad for, because it is making them resilient strong kids, but i'm sad for the parents that feel they have to fill their kids lives with everything but their time.
    Time will tell.
    Liv x

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  21. Love this post! We had a pj day a couple of Saturdays ago when it was rainy. Nowhere to be and no plans. It was glorious!

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  22. {www.crazyspeedylove.com}
    I always remember winter days - sun shinning but cold - on a weekend out watching my Dad play AFL or my little brother trying to play. And by late arvo we would be home, warm bathed and sitting by the wood fire in our PJ's complete with an 80's tiny dressing gown. Weekend dinner Jaffles!

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  23. Mmm I like this thought.
    We have days a but like this but usually end with mama going a bit mental about the state of the house or the lack of naps.
    I think I'd like to leave a better legacy. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  24. Those days are the best. And sounds like many a day at our house. ox

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  25. just discovered your blog and it is beautiful! wishing i was at home in my favorite sweats baking up a storm!
    ourlittleshoebox.blogspot.com

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  26. What a beautiful post. Simple days are favourites here too xx

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em