On Sundays, people do nothing.

On Sundays, people do nothing.

Well, I don’t know what people do.

When I was a child, we lived in a hot country. And our Sundays were actually Fridays, because the first day of the week was Saturday. Weird, I know. But it didn’t feel weird when we lived there.

My mother was a powerful woman, emotionally. She is still. She could make magic out of misery, but she never hid the misery.

Some mothers cover it with a silken gauze, layers of kisses, gentle smiles and eyes full of pain, but my mother didn’t.

She sobbed in front of us, over things that were out of her control, and then visibly pulled herself together and took us to places and made us happy.

Every Friday, she organised an outdoor pool party, because there is really little you can actually do in a desert, especially back in the early 2000s, at a location somewhere on the outskirts of the city we lived in. She made it so all the families attending pitched in to pay for the daily use of a huge pool, surrounded by a garden with swings and slides and sandpits, a football pitch, and some tent-rooms for the adults to sit in and chat amongst themselves while the kids splashed in the pool under the hot sun all day. We ordered food in and dessert was a potluck of many sugary delights.

And because it was a hot country, we would go every week for most of the year, except a couple of months when it was ‘winter’ – except ‘winter’ was just mildly chilly at best.

We had something to look forward to, every weekend. And weekly school was thoroughly enjoyable too.

We had dreary weekends, of course, but nothing like I’ve experienced since coming back to live here. There is something to be said for the serotonin of sunshine, and the vitamin D of happiness!

In the UK, I don’t like Sundays.

Houses are smaller here.

Children are more cooped up, because they don’t play on the streets like they used to do in the olden days.

And there is little to do. Or too cold to do it. And people are not as social as they perhaps once had been.

Also, it’s true what they say about the UK.

It is perpetually grey.

It’s a country blanketed in dismal cloud and chill and dampness spreading its tentacles through the earth.

So it’s no wonder people want to stay in bed all day, and watch TV, and eat comforting foods like crackers and cheese and relish and cups of tea.

Smell the fresh air. It is good for you.

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English winter is beautiful, don’t get me wrong. The days are so short, though, and lots of areas are so rough, but the countryside always maintains its wondrous glory, even with bare trees, it has an ethereal allure to it. Don’t you agree?

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7 thoughts on “On Sundays, people do nothing.

    • Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, Jovina šŸ™‚ You’re right, it is difficult to adjust to less vitamin D when you’ve had so much of it growing up! I used to say things like ‘Ugh I hate the sun’ and now that I haven’t seen it for around 2 weeks (yes!!!) I vow to never say that again lol! šŸ™‚

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  1. I think you need a sunny vacation, Lenora! I’m not a big fan of high summer heat, though I love sunny days, especially this time of year when the rain and fog are constant companions. The days are getting longer already, my friend. Spring is on its way. ā¤

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    • Hahaha, I’ve been on a sunny vacation not three months ago! I love the rain and the fog and the icy cold and the frost, but sometimes when you have to keep your lights on all day because it is so dark, and when you have made no plans so you’re cooped up indoors in a really shoddy town, it gets you down! My mother says ‘get out and get in the fresh air to blow those cobwebs away’ and she is correct. Also, when you said ‘the days are getting longer’ you reminded me of my colleague, Sally. We were working late on the longest night of the year (21st December I think?!) and someone said ‘ooh it is the longest night of the year tonight’, and Sally, bless her soul, raised both fists in the air and shouted, ‘HURRAY! It’s the first day of summer tomorrow!’. We all laughed – that is certainly a way to look at it šŸ™‚ So thank you for the positivity, Diana, and I wish you a beautiful rest of the winter and a glorious spring to come ā¤

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