One of the most fascinating aspects of parenthood is seeing the loves and passions that your offspring develop. In my very limited experience of only two offspring, they’re not the things that energise me. And of course, they change all the time, at a sometimes alarming rate.
Sadly academic study has not always been one of those passions which fire up the offspring here. I say sadly only because they spend a fair amount of the year in academic study. But some of that study does interest them, and I try and get them to see that in amongst the general complaints about having to attend school. I guess many of us do jobs which don’t make us passionate.
One of the tricks of life for us all at any age is to indulge in the stuff that makes us feel awake and energetic. Sometimes that can be the video games or the latest box set – however much I try and deny that in my parenting, there are phases when the newness of a game and the fact that all your friends are discussing it, is genuinely exciting.
That said, the inspiration for this blog is much more active. One of the offspring gets hugely energised by skiing and we indulged that yesterday as a last-day-of-holidays treat. The burst of energy he gets from the sport has definitely got him through the last day blues and even out of bed a couple of hours earlier than has been usual over the last couple of months.
It’s one of the most delightful things to see as a parent too – offspring totally focussed and refreshed and enthusiastic. If only this particular passion were not quite so expensive. And slightly more convenient in terms of geographic location. This could be yet another reason to consider that migration to Canada.