The sun shines light and bright, while the blue sky is blurred by a misty white veil of clouds. Gone is the intense golden warmth of summer days, blown away by the stiff cool breeze that brings with it the change of season.
The fresh cool morning lingers. Musical twittering rises above the white noise of the wind that jostles through bright bamboo leaves, backlit by the sun to an almost fluorescent green.
I sip my coffee – made intentionally a little stronger this morning – and ponder the last couple of months.
The beginning of a new school year… the final year of primary (elementary) for our youngest, a transition from junior into senior high school for our oldest, and a continuing journey of self-discovery for our middle child.
Most families thrive on routine, but it seems not this one! Two knee surgeries within a week of each other, and then a serious infection resulting in an extended hospital stay.
Routines went out the window and life was day by day. But with the help of family and friends, we are re-claiming our somewhat random routine and returning to a more even even keel.
On reflection, I have learned that maybe it is not the framework of routine we thrive on, but the foundation of love and support on which that is built. Routines make life easier, but it is the people we can rely on who enable us to manage the curveballs that life throws at us.
Is your routine a little like ours? Random at times and non-existent at others? How do you manage life’s curveballs?