Today has been an unusual day in the Smith household. Kevin and I have found ourselves childless for the day for the first time in about 19 years. Ethan was out with the Youth Band at the Severn Valley Railway and their 1940s reenactment weekend, and Emma was working all day today which left us on our own for the first time in so long it felt weird!!
Well, weird for the first five minutes anyway. We were able to go to the church coffee morning without having to clock-watch for picking Ethan up from Music Centre (his usual band on a Saturday morning) and we were able to have dinner at McDonalds without having to argue first. Not only that but the trip round Asda afterwards was an absolute breeze! No arguing, no saying “don’t touch that”, “don’t pick that up”, “put that down”, “no you can’t have it….” a million times each. No distractions, no wondering where the boy was because we’d moved aisles and he was sulking somewhere near the cheese. No dodging out of the way of the boy’s dodgy trolley-management technique that involves skinning the back of your Achilles tendon every ten steps or so. No fifteen hundred questions about the differences between the fruits in the greengrocery section. Ah…. bliss!! We even managed to get all the shopping home in one piece and get it all put away without most of it being demolished by a famished teenager who could easily eat his own bodyweight in food twice a day if he was allowed to.
We dodged the rain in the car park – hilariously there was a mercurial change in the weather that saw a little pitter pat of rain as we loaded the car turn into a total drain-blocking cloudburst the second Kevin stepped away to take the trolley back to the little shelter. He took refuge in the trolley shelter with a couple of other people who got caught out, but the rain was bouncing so hard back up and inside it that his jeans were soaked right through to his skin up as far as his knees!
It was nice to just have a nice chilled out day together, having a chat, having a laugh, enjoying each other’s company and having just a general “isn’t it great when you don’t have to look out for the kids all the time” kind of a day. We had planned on doing a lot today, like a bit of housework that I’ve not been able to manage all week and need help with, and finally getting to grips with how we’re going to finish our bedroom off (it still looks like part-office, part-bedroom) but we just settled for coffee, shopping and watching the tennis. I even had time to literally stop and smell the roses this morning.
Here’s a photo of one of the roses in our front garden taken this morning on our way out. It’s beautiful isn’t it?
After 26 years together, I think we’ve learned that these types of days really are the best.
Quick edit: here’s my son playing his trombone earlier today at the Severn Valley Railway. Proud mummy!!!!