This week I am playing with appliques of ladybugs. I have put a couple on a library bag for a special little girl in Melbourne, and one on a special bag for my middle chick. As part of a strategy to help her through a rough time she has a bag with special things that she chose in an afternoon of op-shopping on Monday. When she needs time to collect herself, she can take her bag of special things and have time alone to play with them. So the bag needed to be a bit special too.
There are days when I would quite like a bag of special things and a bit of quiet time myself. Today is definitely one of them. Children who are tired and upset, with a mother who has to explain to them that I am human and make mistakes, means that it has been a long evening.
The return to work brings new challenges – I am only working part-time hours this week to continue to support the children in their transition to school, etc (gee an ‘etc’ can cover a lot of things) – and I had forgotten how hard it is to work part-time. I feel like I am hardly there, and just getting the hang of things when I have to zoom off again. I have a longer day in the office tomorrow, and actually move into my new office, so that might help the settling in process. I suspect that this is just the next lesson in how to find balance in other areas of life.
The return to work means that there is a small slowing down in the creative process…..although being at work has allowed me to sit with a couple of people and nut out what they want in their custom orders, so it has upsides too. But for tonight the machine cover stays on, children who are a bit overwrought have had extra cuddles, and I am going to bed early.
More ladybugs might be in order – a special bag for me for when I need quiet time (I am thinking it can hold a crochet hook and some yarn…..and perhaps chocolate.)