Remember when life was carefree, stress free and the afternoons seemed to go on for forever? When I was a child growing up in Massachusetts, my brothers and I used to run across the field with the grass as tall as we were. We’d make dens inside tree trunks, laze around in the sun and create mud pies to feed each other. We didn’t have a care in the world. That is the beauty of childhood. It’s almost overwhelming that feeling of nostalgia. It’s very different now; we can’t allow our children to run around as freely as we did when we were young. We have to ensure their safety and watch them closely. Perhaps that’s why that feeling of nostalgia is so strong. It’s a time lost forever, never to be truly re-created by our own children.
Yesterday, I was reminded of that time of freedom and innocence. And although I was there with them, my two youngest had one of those carefree afternoons. For parents, it almost seems magical. It was an amazing day weather-wise – sunny, hot, clear skies. An August day in May in the UK. We even had to get the sun cream out!
Jonah, guided by his older sister, Anna Grace, made a decorative nest for a small animal or some insects. It was such a pleasure to see the joy and concentration on his face and watch him run around playing and creating. A carefree, summer’s day – their own mud pie day!
Meghan Peterson Fenn is the author of Bringing Up Brits and co-author of Inspiring Global Entrepreneurs with Heidi Mulligan Walker. Meghan is also the Director and Chief Designer at her own design company, White Ochre Design Ltd. And, she is an award winning expat blogger.