Everyone has their own Sunday afternoon ritual, it could be an afternoon nap, watching the game on the tele, catching up with some friends at the pub, doing the housework, then list is endless. For my family our Sunday afternoon ritual is to go for a walk. I have always loved walking, it has been (and still is) my favourite form of exercise.
The family walks started before JJ was born, my wife found that it helped her relax during the pregnancy. Particularly when we drove down to the Gold Coast so that we could stroll along the beach and breathe in the fresh sea air. My wife loves the beach, but that is a story for another day.
After JJ was born we settled into a routine of going for a family walk on a Sunday afternoon. One of the nice aspects of our Sunday afternoon walks is that we explore new places to walk. Most Sundays we hop in the car after lunch and head out to somewhere nice or new for our walks. It has allowed us to explore different parts of Brisbane (with the occasional trip to the coast for the mandatory walk along the beach thrown in for good measure).
Along with the exercise and enjoying each others company the walks also allow me to indulge in my passion for photography. Usually I will have my camera dangling from one hand (I prefer to use a hand strap when we are walking as opposed to having the camera dangling around my neck and bouncing off my chest each step).
Yesterday afternoon was our first Sunday afternoon walk in a while. A combination of commitments over the Christmas/New Years period and the weather (it has been very hot and humid here over the past month) has kept us from our normal ritual. Yesterday was no different, it was hot and humid, but instead of staying at home in air conditioned comfort we headed out to one of the larger shopping centres and walked there in air conditioned comfort instead.
JJ thought it was a wonderful idea and promptly went to sleep, he had the best part of a two hour nap as we strolled around the centre. My wife though it was a wonderful idea, as she got to do some shopping while getting in the family walk. Me I was enjoying pushing JJ along and spending time with my family.
I can hear those little feet on the floor upstairs and it is time for me to go play daddy again. Before I go, one final thought, it was good to get back into to the swing of our Sunday afternoon ritual, I hadn’t realised that I had missed it until yesterday afternoon.
What is your ritual, do you have one?