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Take A Few Simple Joys

by Twitchy on April 5, 2013

Melbourne City viewed from the South

There are times when it all gets a bit much and I just need to pare right back to the simple things.

School holidays can be work, as can other stuff I won’t bore you with today. Life is complex, responsibilities can seem too great and social media has its moments. But this week, stepping back has brought some real rewards.

My son is doing a holiday course in the suburb I attended school and grew up in. We lived here for years and so did both sets of my grandparents. I often return for a movie or a café visit- I’m a sentimental so-and-so and enjoy the old stomping grounds, disconcerting as it may be. Time seems to have flown in a blink and I’m thrown by how grown up I’m supposed to be; the mother of a teenager no less. I walk down those streets and for some fleeting moments it could be the 80’s or 90’s again. But it isn’t. I have a six-year-old walking alongside me in 2013. The future is now.


My Little Mermaid

To make the most of our morning starts for the course, I take the dog along with me and the girl to drop the boy off. Despite Tuesday’s menacing clouds it was not cold- and so close to the shore, it was a crime not to go.
“Let’s introduce Charlie to the beach.”
“What a great idea!” replied the girl in the Rapunzel wig.
Charlie is an anxious two-year-old rescue pup from the country, slowly acclimatising to the city. The sand and ocean smells sent his nose berserk. The lapping water sent his little mind into overdrive. His fear, replaced by curiosity then unfolding elation were an absolute joy to behold; he chose a short stretch of shoreline and raced along it, back and forth, back and forth a hundred times, skipping and yipping with excitement. He nipped at the salty water and boldly got his legs wet. We went back the next day and the next, and will go again tomorrow while the weather holds out. Each adventure walk is followed by a trip to a café for early lunch. Quality time for a mother, daughter and dog-boy all together.

Today at the dog beach playground, we met so many pooches and their people, even a dog walker with five little friends. Miss 6 made herself known to them all. Charlie gambolled away, alone and in four-legged company. Miss 6 busied herself on sea-treasure hunts. 20130405-004701.jpg

"Mummy, can I please take this sea-goober home?" Um, no.

Later, she found a huge garden mulch bag in the water and waded out to fetch it. Her rainbow-striped gumboots filled with water.


“I have to clean the beach, Mummy.”

She proceeded to collect wrappers and disposable cups until the bag she dragged weighed about three kilos! A molten piece of car door taking much of the credit.

When I finally convinced her it was time to leave, we walked to the bin at the gate. She turned back to survey her work: “What a great job I’ve done! Are you as proud of me as I am?!”

It was really time for something to eat now and Charlie needed a drink. But my girl spied a group of kayakers coming to shore. They were about to pack up but soon enough my girl had made more friends! The head kayaker asked my permission to take her out for a quick ride in the shallows. What a wonderful surprise treat!


“It was worth the wet bum!”

It turns out our new friend Grant has done quite some fundraising for autism and with his infectious enthusiasm it was a true pleasure to meet him.

I’m so glad I’ve let other things go just to be out in the fresh air with my girl and our dog, where I was raised. There have been fewer posts and updates, the laundry has piled up and there are pots in the sink. But the last few days have brought the weather, quality time, fresh air and smiles. Exactly what we needed.

Linking with With Some Grace for #FYBF (Flog Your Blog Friday).

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

E. April 6, 2013 at 6:18 pm

What a lovely way to enjoy some school holiday time together. I’m sure you will have terrific memories of your adventures. I hope your son is enjoying his program as well.


Shari April 6, 2013 at 10:12 am

That looks like such lovely down time … it’s so wonderful to take a sentimental stroll back to the stomping ground of youth. Such glorious Rapunzel hair too 🙂


iSophie April 5, 2013 at 10:15 pm

I love those moments, and those are the moments our children will remember more. I also thought it was her real hair!


Denyse April 5, 2013 at 9:25 pm

That was a blissful read. I am impressed by the way Miss 6 was very enterprising & quite happy to join Grant in the kayak. Love the times you get when you SLOW down too, as I found yesterday when after a busy hour with work. I came home to Miss 3 who just lives every moment in the moment! I took her out for morn tea & she skipped & hopped in her ‘ballet’ moves along the pavement. Moments. Autumn. Stopping. Appreciating.
Love D xxx


Twitchy April 5, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Exactly, Denyse, they do live in the moment because there is nothing else. As adults, we have to take measures to have this sort of time xx

Sabeen April 5, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Beautiful post Twitchy. Nothing compares to some special one on one time with the kids. The laundry can wait 🙂 Loved the pics x


Beck/craftypjmum April 5, 2013 at 8:12 pm

It’s nice to sometimes take a step back to simple. So glad that you got to do this and spend quality time with your daughter and pup 🙂 x


Debyl1 April 5, 2013 at 7:20 pm

So beautiful that you took time out with your little girl…making precious memories.
My little girl turns 19 tomorrow and boy has the time gone by way too quickly.
She has grown into a lovely young lady,but I still miss those special mummy daughter times.
Make the most of every minute you can as before you know it they are not little ones any more.xx


Lara @ This Charming Mum April 5, 2013 at 7:14 pm

It is wonderful to embrace the simple things now and then. Especially in the face of all the electronic noise we love to hate to love. Great boots!


Seana Smith April 5, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Oh wise, wise, wise… these are the days you’ll remember, and so will the dog and he girl. I love the Daenyrys (spelling!) Targerian wig.. Game of Thrones ref. We’re still on school term here and much in need of a change of pace. I’m on a slow down today, doing things here and there but with no rushing. And the day is so much better for it.


Kylez @ A Study in Contradictions April 5, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Sounds absolutely perfect!


Sit Down Mummy April 5, 2013 at 1:23 pm

This looks awesome. That damn laundry pile – you blink and it triples in size 😉


Rita April 5, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Beautiful post and gorgeous pictures Twitchy. Nice to hear you had a good and relaxing day with your daughter.


Emma @ Family life Central April 5, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Beautiful, all those other things are not going anywhere, there will always be laundry and housework and fewer posts just means you have more to say when you get on here. But, your daughter is only young once so enjoy as much time as you can.


Twitchy April 5, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Thank you, I keep making her promise me not to grow up to quickly. (She’s not sure how to answer that- is that mean? 😮 )

Ruth April 5, 2013 at 12:38 pm

SOOOOOO many *melt* moments right there.

My fave though…. “Are you as proud of me as I am?”

I am proud of her too.



mumabulous April 5, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Lovely. I need a dose of this.


Grant Siedle April 5, 2013 at 11:25 am

Hi Twitchy and Miss 6!

It was lovely to meet you both the other day on what was a beautiful scene at the beach. Looks like you both had a great time with the dog, exploring and taking in the moment.

Keep well and keep in touch.

Grant 🙂


Ai Sakura April 5, 2013 at 10:03 am

Such a fulfilling time indeed making new friends and enjoying new experiences. I’m glad you had such a good bonding time with your daughter and dog over at your old suburb. I like to go back to the places I frequented as a child with my girl too. Makes me reminisce about my childhood days 🙂


Aleney April 5, 2013 at 9:45 am

Making new memories in old places is the best. Sounds like a perfectly wonderful day. x


Looking Back April 5, 2013 at 9:29 am

Twitchy, thank you for a beautiful read and some lovely photos to match!
Made me think of The Smiths “Back to the old house” for some reason…
Going back to old haunts and places from our past can sometimes do more to help us remember where we are now than anything else, and the “now” is where we live.


Mike Cbay April 5, 2013 at 9:13 am

I’ve found it’s so essential to take a step back every now and then, it can be so rewarding, like coming up from underwater to take a breath. Great post, and beautiful photos!


Jo April 5, 2013 at 8:58 am

Those unplanned days often turn out to be the special ones we remember. Gorgeous post reminding me to take some time out with my kids.


Twitchy April 5, 2013 at 11:59 am

I like surprises more than I like planning 😉

Kathy April 5, 2013 at 8:56 am

Twitchy – sounds like you had a great reconnect this week with what really counts. I feel like visiting my old suburb for a wash of memories, even though its over an hour away and on the way to nowhere really…kathy


Twitchy April 5, 2013 at 11:57 am

No matter where it is Kathy, if it makes you feel good to go there- that’s the only thing that matters 🙂

Josefa @always Josefa April 5, 2013 at 8:41 am

Twitchy, a truly beautiful post. I love that idea of you and your daughter, exploring the beach, taking on new adventures, having a coffee and leaving the world behind for a few hours every morning – sounds wonderful. The photos are gorgeous – for a moment there I thought that was her real hair!!
Sometimes we get so caught up with SM, life, schedules and generally busy-ness – that it is simple moment like these ones that are worth our time so much more xx


Twitchy April 5, 2013 at 11:58 am

Thank you Josefa, I do feel privileged to be able to have these moments with her while she is still small. My kids are lucky to have their Mum at home in the holidays to do heaps of fun stuff with 🙂

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