It’s been one of those weeks in this house. You know, the ones that seem to fly past without you getting anything done at all, yet at the same time it drags so incredibly slow in moments you are sure you will never make it to bed time.
The Twinadoes and Muski and I went to traffic school with kinder on Monday but the girls missed kinder the rest of week as they’ve been too sick. That has meant being house bound and inside almost all day for the past three days. They did get out in the sunshine for a bit yesterday while the Baldy Boy and I renovated the chook house in hopes of getting the first of our new chooks tomorrow (except that it is going to hail and be freezing tomorrow for the farmers market so not sure the chook lady will be there, not even sure we will be brave enough!). There has been a lot of coughing, a lot of arguing, a lot of DVDs, a cocktail of medication and a lot of ‘she said that this house wasn’t a castle and I want it to be a castle and I don’t love her any more… waaaaaa’ and not so much sleep.
By today I was getting desperate. At 8am they asked me in stereo (don’t you love that about twins – freaky and cool all at the same time) “What can we do today??????” What can we do? Anything, anything to get away from the whining, to get out of the house, to share the misery with the general public and so dilute it a little for me. So we went to the library. I’ve discovered if you go around lunch time you are generally the only people there – which was probably a good thing as although I know the girls are much improved, if someone else heard them cough they’d probably call an ambulance and report me for neglect.
I love the library. Despite discovering that it can be a very unsafe place, especially for teeth, I still love the library. It’s warm and snugly on a cold windy day like today. It’s quiet (well until we arrive) and full of possibilities. Just think of all the books on so many different subjects! Just think of all the things you could learn and know and do if only you had time to just sit and leaf through books for ever and ever….
So while contemplated the possibilities, the girls got busy making a huge stack of books that they simply HAD to borrow. Muski was busy winning friends and influencing people when he decided to crawl off and have a conversation with the only other people in the place, two little old ladies. Oddly they seemed to perfectly understand what ‘duckem duckem duckem’ meant which impressed Muski no end.
After a blissful two hours we emerged from the building with 6 story books (only two of them about fairies which must be a record for us), one book about budgies for Izzy (I am encouraging this pet idea, it seems a bit easier than her initial request for a guinea pig), one kids recipe book for Zoe (sadly it is American based and uses a lot ingredients that we don’t have here but I think we might be able to adapt one or two items to cool) and three books for me – one on chooks (see above), one on herbs (I am contemplating a big herb garden) and “No Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers” for obvious reasons! (The only copy of the original version for babies our library has in is in Arabic so this will have to do for now)
So the next time your kids ask “What can we do today” – take them to the library!
What did you do today?