I feel like I’m living again. Yes strange I know – after all every day I breathe, I eat, I do housework…..oppps sorry that slipped out.
Ashley and I were invited out for tea with friends last night. There were a heap of people there from B’s (a really good friend) work (an accounting firm) and as we are clients we fitted right in. It was a lovely casual night – lots and lots and lots of laughter. My sides are still sore from laughing. A magnificent tea in a pub – we had chicken schnitzel, gravy and salad – to die for. Honestly I haven’t had a meal that good for ages. B’s hubby G. had steak that truly was the biggest piece of steak I have seen in my life. Just wish I had thought to get a photo of it.
I did feel a bit guilty about the children though. It was an adults night – honestly I think some of us were sillier than the kids…vbg – so they weren’t invited. I offered to get Mum to come down and stay with them while we were out but all three assured me they would be fine, wouldn’t fight and would be in bed at a reasonable hour and definitely didn’t need a BABYSITTER. After all Nicola informed me she is “nearly 13, James “nearly” 9 and Elise is 15 and they are all quite grown up and able to fend for themselves. Hmmmmm I might debate that – so we compromised. Mum (who lives about 400 metres from our house in her own little unit) would stay at her place and would only come down if they rang and there was an emergency or she saw flames shooting from the roof.
Ashley and I arrived home at 11.30pm to find the two youngest in bed and sound asleep. Elise was just on her way to bed, the kitchen was clean, they cooked pizza for tea, and I could find no disasters hiding in cupboards waiting to be discovered at a later date….vbg.
So here’s the question – cause now I’m doubting my abilities as a Mum. Did I do the right thing leaving them home on their own? I know there was supervision just a phone call away – but I still worried. What age did the rest of you leave your children to fend for themselves so you could enjoy an evenings entertainment? I don’t think we would leave them often and certainly not over night – but I admit it was like a breath of fresh air for both of us to spend time with each other and other adults – something we didn’t realise just how much we needed.
So now I’m all happy and bubbly (and trying not to feel like I have neglected my children) I have big plans to do not lots today. It’s cool and cloudy outside – a really good day to spend some time in the sewing room or reading a good book.
Have a lovely weekend