We’re already two weeks in to the school summer holidays in Spain. Yes, the holidays here are loooong, stretching on until around the 10th of September. So far we’ve been to the beach, a river swim spot, the park down the road (lots!), a mini music festival in the mountains and spent hours
eating picking soft fruit in the garden. I have the pictures to prove it.
But the picture that, for me, most sums up what these looooong summer holidays are all about is this one.
These are the handwritten jokes that were left for us in our mailbox by two local children. A pleasant change from the usual deliveries of bills, bills and traffic fines. And a wonderful side-effect of those extended lazy, hazy days of summer.
With three full months of school holidays there will be an inevitable amount of ‘knocking about’ to be done as a child. Not every day will be spent in fantastically exciting, tightly scheduled, strictly ‘summer holiday’ activities. Some days you may just have to lay in the grass, stare up at the sky and come up with a plan to entertain yourself.
And those are the times when ingenious little plans such as this are born. Hand-written jokes delivered to all the neighbours, with a little survey incorporated to discover which ones are considered funniest. Genius. Fun for the kids and a delight for the recipients.
Three months is a long time for school holidays. I know this from both sides. I remember how, as a child in Ireland, I couldn’t quite bring myself to admit the truth that by the end of August I was actually bored and desperate for term to start again. Now, as a mother in Spain, I can’t quite bring myself to admit that I’m a little scared about how I’m going to cope with three full months of full time, full on childcare. But you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What about you? Are you more of the Michael Gove school of thought that shorter holidays are ‘family friendly’ or do you love the thought of endless summer?