My Lunch Date

I have to confess that the idea of sending both kids to school so that I can have half the day to myself was pretty tempting
It’s like after all these years, I am finally getting my life back !

The truth about having 2 kids is, my joy is doubled but my time is halved
This is especially so with my elder boy who used to have mom all to himself but had to grow up overnight after the birth of his little brother, which really makes me a guilty mom

So for a while, I was struggling with either having both kids in school at the same time so that I can have half the day to myself OR short changing myself but get to spend 1 on 1 time with each of them

I chose the latter mainly because I dread having to battle with a sleepy toddler every morning
And it turns out to be a decision that is more than just that

With the new routine, I now have a daily lunch date, my 9 year old to be
We have an hour of uninterrupted lunch everyday, on some days more, when he finishes school earlier
We usually end up eating the same sandwiches from our favourite fast food joint near our place

We would sit outdoor, at the usual shady spot, among old trees and warm breeze under the midday sun
He would tell me about his day in school

Sometime, we talk about the news, like the one on drug and the one on the new looks for our coins
Other times we gossip about his friends and teachers, and we concluded that his Maths teacher is not that fierce after all. She just sounds that way all the time

He tells me about the latest game he is making and the new greek god he had discovered
Once a while I would let him indulge in his favourite past time, reading

On days when we were feeling adventurous
We would wander further, wrestle with the lunch time crowd, play hike and seek with the traffic police and pay a premium to get our cravings fixed

I am enjoying this new little pocket of time we found and I wish to keep it this way for as long as possible and have him this close to me for as long as I can

And about the part on getting my life back
I realized that it is sometimes difficult to see
But life is made up of memories and moments like this
I am already living it




  1. pc says:

    It is true that life is made up of memories and moments like this, simple, little but wonderful especially one day, one thing triggers you to flip the book of memories. It will make you smile, from the bottom of heart.

  2. Janet says:

    This is truly heartwarming…
    I do not mind not having much of my own me-time too, just want to hold on tight to all the available moments that I can spend with the kiddos. such beautiful memories are just so priceless! (^_^) thanks for the sharing!

  3. Evelyn says:

    I especially love the last para about getting your life back. We moms so often say that and think that way! When I get my life back, I’ll…

    You’re so right that whatever we’re going through now is just as much a part of our life, and it should be treasured as such.

  4. Susan says:

    Of late,I’ve been reminded time and again but our kids will not be young forever. Very soon they’ll not want to sleep with us, hold hands with them or even allow us to hug or kiss them. The thought is pretty unbearable and I wish I can keep Sophie at where she is now. Thanks for the reminder to just live in the now and make the most of it.

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