Today, a bunch of us ladies met up for breakfast and most of us had our kiddos tucked in school. Which meant that that we were sans our respective diaper-bags finally. No diapers, no cleaning-wipes, no panedol, no cookies or extra-bottle of water, no spare clothes, no rattles, no washable drawing pads to keep the little imps occupied . There were a couple of us though who had their infants in tow and their diaper-bags beside. While we did empathise with their condition but we also had a good hearty laugh at our ability to watch them from this side of the fence .And I cant tell you how relieved I was to know that I was well past that stage, finally!
There have been times when I have forgotten my hand-bag but I never ever skipped to take the diaper-bag whenever we went out. It was a part of me for good 3 years. Everytime we planned to go a vacation or trip home or a visit to a friend’s or a walk to a nearby shop or a dine out, this was always my tag-along. Believe me when Namnam was fully potty trained and I slowly got into a stage of weaning the diaper bag, it took me a while to be fully get used to the idea that I may soon be getting rid of it.
Today I had felt so much lighter that I could actually carry my bag with just my mobile and purse in it without any kiddy paraphernalia, wear a nice dress and feel good about myself and not scoot out in a tee and a pair of jeans instead with the prospect of having a ketchup splashed or juice spilled. And yes wear my heels and actually be able to walk around in style rather than run after my brat with flats and my dishevelled hair! And of course meet up with a bunch of girl-friends for a good chit-chat and actually talk about parenting, politics, racism, cooking, shopping and every other topic under the sun.
Sometimes mommies need such diversions once in a while to appreciate life a bit more, what do you think?