There has been a little bit of talk lately in some the blogs I follow about time. Time is something, as adults, we pay attention to a lot, or at least I know I do. I realized a long time ago though, that Reece has no idea what time means. For him, there is daytime and night time; that is it. During the daytime we play, eat, have fun, run some errands and so on and during night time we sleep, or least we try to. That is the limit of his understanding of time at this point in his life.
I often get caught up in his time, losing track of an afternoon while we play together. It feels so great not to be looking at the clock, to just let it go. This weekend, Justin and I decided to live an entire day without time, to really take Reece's lead and just go with flow.
On Saturday evening, once Reece was tucked in for the night, we went around the house covering all the digital clocks with a piece of paper and some tape, we hid the one table clock we have and went out to the car to cover that one too. We decided we would not listen to the radio, so we wouldn’t be told the time that way, and since Sunday is a screen free day, we would not be able to see the time on the TV or the computer.
When we got into bed on Saturday night we were both pretty excited to see what the day would hold.
So, we have no idea what time we got up and it was pretty cool to just get up and go about our day. We had pancakes for breakfast, we played for a bit, packed up some snacks and headed out for a drive. We wanted to hit the alpaca farm, but unfortunately they were closed for some reason, so it was onwards to the hiking trail, with birdseed in hand, to feed the birds and do a little hiking.
We were blessed with a wonderful day on Sunday, the sun was peeking through the clouds a bit and the temperatures were above normal again, much like most of our winter this year.
We had a great time feeding the birds, playing with the ducks and hiking before heading to the car, stopping for tea and then heading home. It was awesome to just go with the flow and not wonder what the time was.
At home, we played some more, used the setting sun to determine when dinner was to be served and enjoyed the rest of the evening relaxing. Reece did have a little melt down before bed and we think we might have been a little late with his usual evening schedule, it was hard to tell once the sun set, what time it might be. All in all it was a great day, and something we will do again.
It was magical to just go about the day with no worries about the time or a schedule.