School holidays and ruts
Our school students in the state of Victoria are on holiday. Consequently, all is quiet at our Saint Peter's Lutheran School. There is no school bell at 9am (and again after recess at 11:30, and after lunch at 13:45). There are no children playing to be heard from the manse before those three ringings of the school bell. There is no staff devotion at 08:25am.
Furthermore, there is no Confirmation Class on Tuesday afternoons.
Routine is different, and whilst it is helpful not to have to be out of the house before 08:30 every weekday morning for a bit, the lack of familiarity can upset the equilibrium a little.
Ruts are interesting things - on the one hand they can tend to make everything too methodical, predictable and just the same. On the other hand, they can help the wagon to steer itself!