I'm pleased to report that it was a good check-up all round, everyone's teeth are fine & dandy, though J now has a referral for the orthodontist and it is looking like L might have to as well, he will be reviewed in six months. The dentist also commented that L is the youngest patient he has ever seen (or known of) to have no baby teeth left at 9 years old, so that was something!
After we left the dentist we stopped in the shop for some drinks and then walked back towards town to meet the Mister who happened to be working nearby. I had already picked up his car keys on my way to collect the boys from school, so when the kids & I reached the car we dropped off our bags and the kids then headed back over the road to the field to play while we waited for their Dad to finish work.
The field is just a short distance from the school, dotted with trees, and has a small, more densely wooded area at one end. The kids spent the next hour racing around on the grass, climbing trees, chasing each other and building dens with broken branches and sticks while I sat & watched and enjoyed the sunshine.
There were no complaints about being bored, no tantrums about having to wait for an hour, just peace and quiet while they played outdoors together.
No computer games, no fancy toys, no distant foreign land - just a plain old field, with a few trees... the only things you need to enjoy a natural childhood.
It was really lovely & peaceful and a pleasure to watch and enjoy.
I have linked this post with #CountryKids at Coombe Mill.