I was communicating by text with a friend, trying to make a date and suggested ‘how about the beginning of next term?’ She wrote back to say – “when exactly do you mean?’ reminding me that ‘terms’ mean nothing to her. Of course I remembered – she doesn’t have kids – why would she need to know when school terms were?
It wasn’t long before my memory put myself in her shoes. I was back, living in London, in a share house, no kids. Agency work. Lots of travel. August. I had no idea when terms started or holidays began because I wasn’t in that rhythm. I recalled being at work and discussing with my boss the timeline for a project and saying something like ‘we can do the interviews in August’ and him saying – ‘David that’s not gonna happen because that’s the first week of the school holidays’.
The only time ‘terms’ came on the radar was when I needed to book a holiday. Why are the flights so expensive that week?
I recall my bewilderment? Just like my friends text. What? Time felt different then? It was all just days, weeks and months. Well, there were some obvious dividers – hot weather, cold weather. Christmas and Easter. Plus events. Birthdays, public holidays – yeah! The only time ‘terms’ came on the radar was when I needed to book a holiday. Why are the flights so expensive that week? What? Because of school holidays? Wtf?
For us these days, if we are not planning on going away, school holidays becomes a time when you still have work to do and you’ve got kids to attend to in the daytime without backup from the education system. I’m perplexed by this upcoming term break. We’ve made no big plans. It’s my daughters birthday. There are some weekend events. It feels like it’s business as usual – but yet I feel there is a natural hiatus that comes simply because it is school holidays. Something needs to change.
In Melbourne when it is school holidays, our classes carry on. I can’t even recall if we ever did ‘terms’ – if we did it’s ancient history. For many years now school holidays is the time we’ll offer the dance with guest teachers – that’s often how we mix it up. But in Castlemaine our colleague Thais is a school teacher so we have evolved the rhythm of taking a term break. This Friday will be the last class until next term in Castlemaine.
We ALL NEED A BREAK. We need something new. Something fresh that changes the rhythm. Something to look forward to.
But in the second week of the school holidays Thais is offering something special and I have to say it is beautiful how this has emerged in recent years. It started with her and a colleague Catriona offering dance in the holidays and they have done it about 5 times now. So this holidays, Thais will offer an Early Morning Waves series from 7-9am (the Spring edition). When we announced it in last weeks class a couple of people who have done these classes before were rubbing their hands with glee. “Goodie goodie” they were saying.
I suspect regardless of whether your rhythm is that of a working parent, a salary worker with 4 weeks leave, a shift worker, a seasonal worker, a student, unemployed, work from home, inventor whatever – we ALL NEED A BREAK. We need something new. Something fresh that changes the rhythm. Something to look forward to. Goodie goodie yum yum!
While Moving Essence is our work we feel very fortunate to offer something that people look forward to. It reminds us that we need to take a break from teaching to dance and more. When this post is over I’m going to schedule something special for myself this school holidays. Take a break. Have a treat. Something to look forward to. Something different. Hey, I’m not a morning person, but who knows, you may find me at one of Thais’s morning classes.