Schools are all back now, after their Summer break, I always find this time of year a bit difficult. I worked in schools for ten years and I have to say that I did enjoy all of my holidays, returning back to work after a six week break, not so much. Now that I'm not working in schools, I still find myself gearing up as if I still was. I seem to still 'live' around school holidays, even though now I really don't need to, even my own children have left education so there's nothing really which still ties me and yet I can't help it.
When schools return back to their normal routines and schedules, so do I; I plan my days around 'the working week' and allow myself lie ins when schools are on holiday. Maybe I just like all of the holidays but I find that working by myself, I still need to feel connected to something and school routines and holidays suit me just fine. I know that I'm not the only person whose life evolves around school holidays; grand parents who do the school run, people just on a daily commute to work avoid school times, plus people with preschoolers holiday when everyone else goes back to school.
I have friends with children who feel that six weeks is too long to have off in the Summer; four weeks would be great with the other two weeks tagged onto other one week holidays because a week off is barely enough time to wind down. The biggest argument is that parents and children miss the routine of being at school. Anyone with children has to have routines and schedules to cope with having children at school, working themselves, managing a home and fitting everything in!
At first I missed working in a school; I missed the kids, the banter, the camaraderie of being in a team and I miss the regular wages it brought me too. What I don't miss are; the long hours, the gossips, the too rowdy times and the stress that it all brings. I wasn't sure what work I could do being as I am, reduced in capacity but writing seems to suit me, for now anyway, but I do wonder when I will stop following the routines of schools!