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Silver Linings in The Daily Grind

30 May 2011

Today was one of those simple, effortless and enjoyable days…

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In the morning, I dropped my two big children off at school. Then I took my 2 year old to the local library for a Story Time Session. It’s a little class for children 0 – 3 years to do a bit of singing, hear a story, and do some craft. It’s very low stress, which is what I love about it.

Liam is not too impressed with the set up (he doesn’t like the Scary Singing Librarian Woman).

But I feel that the class gives him a good chance to hang out and watch other kids who are his age. He does everything reluctantly, and I completely ignore his bad mood. I’m the one humming away, having a splendid time colouring in his worksheets like a graphic artist pro.

“We” even got a sticker for the awesome colouring in.

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Then we took a walk to the park and ate some fruit. I bumped into some mothers I knew, who were doing the same, and had great catch up. While we were talking, we noticed a group of guys in the carpark on the other side of the park packing things into their cars. And then they started TAKING OFF THEIR CLOTHES!

We tried not to stare, but by the time there were down to NOTHING BUT UNDERWEAR, we found it a little difficult to keep our eyes away – will they or won’t they go the whole monty?!?!

Unfortunately for us, they started to re-dress. They put on some corporate clothes, and drove away. So we assumed that the bunch of guys were from the same office, and were on the same sports team having a practice session? Nothing beats a morning strip tease to entertain a bunch of stay at home mothers! Sorry, no pics…

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Then I drove to my mother’s house, where I did a “Dump and Run”. As in, dump the child, and run away as quickly as possible, so I don’t have to deal with my son crying as I abandon him.

Thankfully my mother loves the company. I go to visit 1-2-3 times a week… and it’s like our second home.

While I was gone I completed a whole list of errands – going to the bank, the post office, researching the price of furniture at 3 different stores, donating some things to the secondhand shop and a touch of shopping. I felt so good that I got so much done!!

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I returned to the house, to find that my mother had played, sang, cuddled, tickled, talked to and entertained my son for the whole time I was gone… AND cooked him lunch – fresh wonton noodles, with char siew and roast pork that she made herself the previous night. That kid is spoilt I tell you! (As am I.)

My son didn’t seem to appreciate my mother’s cooking. I ate two plates of the noodles with chilli and fried onions. It was GLORIOUS I tell you.

Then I sat back to have a cup of tea and a chit chat with my mum.

I must admit, I don’t feel this happy and appreciative everyday. Most days I’m too busy or stressed or feeling down or my mind is whizzing around.

But today, I felt a great clarity, a great calmness, and a deep contentment.

And it makes everything seem magical.