He left on a work trip. It was late February, which combines serious schedule pressures with the horridness of late winter. It was time to do something drastic.
Toss the school books aside. Forget the routines. He was just a big gaping hole in our regular lives. So change everything, work on a surprise for him, and lighten the load.
We hardly had energy or time to miss him.
The dining room and living room were emptied. Holes were repaired. Walls washed. Then the magic began. Painting feels so dynamic and powerful.
Huge shift. We’ve lived in and loved this sunflower yellow for more than a decade. But still, it absorbed a fair bit of light and these two rooms, the heart of the house, are north-facing. It was time for a change. A lighter colour. A colour that wasn’t quite so exuberantly pressing into the room.
Putting the Home in home schooling.