Point & Shoot: Weekend Snapshot



Friday was a PA day so the weekend started early for us, but instead of having a lie-in we were at school just after 9am anyway for J & T’s progress conferences. When I was a kid your parents went to see the teacher without you (which, looking back now seems a pretty cruel way of doing things). You’d wait at home biting your nails and imagining all sorts of terrible things your teacher might be telling them – like that time you locked your classmate in the gym cupboard and forgot to let her out, or got caught sliding down the bannisters when you cannonballed into Miss Dixon at the bottom… wait a minute, you don’t need to hear this.

Things are different these days, the children are part of the conference and therefore part of the process of their own education. J’s teacher had already gone through her report with her beforehand, identifying strengths and areas for improvement in each field so she could participate in the conversation. “I’m nervous” was still the first thing J said when she woke up though. I guess some things never change…

We celebrated their hard work afterwards with breakfast at Tim Hortons, but the grey skies and misty damp shooed us back indoors where we played x-box and board games and S climbed back into her second skin – a Cinderella dress she only takes off when we go out.

Saturday and Sunday were bitterly cold but sunny. The above average temperatures we’ve been experiencing recently – hovering around freezing or just below – were sent packing by a windchill of minus fifteen that arrived on Saturday evening and dug its heels in, bringing snow flurries with it.

There are two non-negotiable components to our weekend: Food and Nature

There are always smiles all round when K makes his speciality American pancakes (recipe and history here), and unless it’s pouring with rain we inevitably head out for a walk or a hike somewhere. It might be just down the road to the lake, or beaches and woods further along the lakefront trail,  or any of the nearby conservation areas. As long as we get some time to run, breathe deeply and reconnect to the real world we’re happy.

I’m linking this post up with the Point&Shoot linky over on snowingindoors.com because I love taking pictures and I’m intrigued to find out how other people spend their weekends. This way I can indulge a passion and tell myself I’m being industrious, not nosey!




By Aisha Ashraf

An autistic Irish immigrant in a cross-cultural marriage, Aisha Ashraf is the archetypal outlander, writing to root herself through place and perspective. Published in The Rumpus, The Maine Review, River Teeth, HuffPost and elsewhere, her work explores the legacy of trauma, the nature of being an outsider and the narrow confines of belonging. She currently lives in Canada.


  1. The progress conference sounds like a great idea. We just get a parents evening and then have to relay everything to the kids when we get home. Your system sounds much better and more inclusive.
    Love the pictures, especially the black and white ones, so evocative. x

    1. Thanks Loubelle, yes, I prefer this system to what we had back in the UK, I think it helps kids feel more in control of their own destiny – plus everything’s out in the open. If the teacher says something the child disagrees with there’s an opportunity for them to make their feelings known.

  2. Awesome shots – I love that top one to bits. I’ve been really lax on the photo taking front of late, I must get back in the saddle so to speak and join in again next week with this linky as I do rather love it x

  3. Gorgeous photos.
    We do have the option to take our children to parents evening but I feel that the teacher can’t be truly honest about areas of weakness so tend to go without them.

    1. See, I think the only person who can make the changes is the student, therefore I don’t see the need for closed discussion about them when you can have an open discussion with them. The teacher, like parents, isn’t there to be a friend – they have a duty of care to the child that transcends being their friend, though they can present their concerns in a friendly and caring manner.
      Thanks for stopping by, glad you liked the pics 🙂

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