One of my favorite times of the year is school vacation, and I think many would agree. Itís a nice little break from school for both the teachers and the students and, while some people travel to exotic places for the week, others like me stay put in 02025.

While I would very much enjoy a vacation to Hawaii, Europe or even Florida, thatís not my reality. Instead, I worked over the break and did some homework. Clearly this isnít as exciting as a tropical trip, but there is something to be said about staying local and enjoying the mundane moments. It helps me to appreciate the small moments, and the lack of chaos and stress that can sometimes overwhelm my life during a regular school week.

I work at Sandcastles childcare and honestly, itís my favorite thing in the world. In fact, while Iím there it can sometimes feel like a vacation because I just love the kids so much. Many people might disagree and think that a whole day with two and three year olds is far from ideal, but the connections you make with them far outweigh any negative moments. Kids just want to have fun and be loved and, honestly, I feel like as we get older we sometimes forget about those feelings, especially having fun.

Times like school vacation week can force us to slow down, and allow us to focus on things that we enjoy doing or that we want to do. Thereís more freedom to choose how we spend our time. Whether itís going on a vacation, reading a good book, taking a walk with the dogs, trying out a new recipe, picking up bullet journaling or anything else.

Iím grateful for weeks like this, and the fact that thereís just one more school vacation before graduation for seniors and summer break is amazing. This article is evident that not much happened this week, but I enjoyed the time and all of itís mundaneness, and I hope that everyone else got at least a few moments to relax this week too.

Lieren Vigneau is a student at Cohasset High School and Life at CHS columnist.