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Pajama Days…

The view from our living room window this morning did not give much insight. Actually, there was nothing in sight but rain. Some days are like that. What do you like to do on rainy days?

Today we were lucky. No plans, no errands that couldn’t be put off, no projects that couldn’t be left to wait another week…

Today we had time to indulge in a not so guilty pleasure – pajamas. All day. Pajama days are a big favourite of my children. Pajamas mean no one will be rushing anywhere. No one will be expecting anything or accomplishing anything. Pajamas mean time to lounge around and contemplate… well…everything.

“In this modern world where activity is stressed almost to the point of mania, quietness as a childhood need is too often overlooked. Yet a child’s need for quietness is the same today as it has always been–it may even be greater–for quietness is an essential part of all awareness. In quiet times and sleepy times a child can dwell in thoughts of his own, and in songs and stories of his own.”
Margaret Wise Brown

Rainy pajama days are perfect for nestling in. To actual nests, in some cases.

After a long week filled with challenging days for all of us…

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I was ready to indulge in my own favourite pajama day pastime. Can you guess?

Straight into the kitchen. One apple pie (waiting in the freezer since our apple tree harvest in the fall…)

…and one plate of lemon squares. ( I have had these on my baker’s wish list since Christmas – it’s about time!) I would have made a bundt cake but I ran out of eggs…

Having a day to be self indulgent soothes the soul. Having the time to be fully present for daily life is a much-overlooked luxury. Only here, in these well developed parts of the world, are people fortunate enough to have free time – what better way to spend it than with family, food and time to appreciate both?

Feeling fortified and ready to take on another week in the great big world, I am just about ready to jump into my favourite pajama day ritual: warm bath, clean pajamas, and straight back into bed. It’s a lovely life!

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