Kids or no kids – that is the question! – no wonder my sister has high blood pressure!
I spent an eye-opening and interesting day last month with my sister who I was visiting. She apologised to me for having to be busy with kids and asked if I preferred not to accompany her around. However, I was happy to be in her company and not having seen her for a year, I happily tagged along.
So below you will find a day in the life of a devoted mum of four kids (three still at home = 13, 12 and 10 yrs old and very active!).
0800: NEAR SEVENOAKS, KENT – Up out of bed – it is Saturday after all – Cleaning up a little and putting a wash on at the same time as dragging 2 children up out of bed, feeding them a breakfast and organising them for the day ahead.
0900: Depart house after much organising and noise. Take 2 children to the stables some 30 minutes away where they have a horse share and like to ride for a while as well as muck-out etc. Leave them there for a few hours. Her 3rd child is on a sleepover in TUNBRIDGE WELLS from last night but WILL need collected later).
1000: Return to house and after making coffees she goes online to attempt to buy One Direction Tickets for her dear ones. The concert is not until June 2014 but tickets sell out within minutes of being released so the button must be pushed at the right time!!! I offer to assist her on my laptop at same time and we both spend frustrating time (about 30 minutes in total ) attempting to get through and get the tickets – (not the really expensive ones, but also not the shit seats – frustration mounts as time goes on). We are done in after about 45 minutes!
1045 – 1400: tidying of house, putting washing on line, new wash in machine, making of beds, organising & preparing the lunch for those who will need and planning the dinner for whole family . Handling any ad hoc stuff thrown at her by the other half on the end of the telephone as required.
1400: Drive back to stables, via a petrol pump (as fuel indicator states 40 miles left but we know we will need 60 more). Get to stables and collect 3 children after a bit of delay. One of the children is actually not my sister’s but is a friend of her child. She will be sleeping over with us that evening – along with the nephew of her partner perhaps. However, before that they are both going to a party so must get dolled up for that!
1445: Drive home to turnaround the 2 for the party. Supervising the third to do her homework and get it done (mad aunt helps out here!). Sister prepares food for them all and helps them get beautified where necessary.
1700: Drive back to stables for one remaining child (not going to the party) to put the horses out (while the party-goers try to stay clean while watching!). Then drive on to the hall where party is to take place and drop the 2 in TONBRIDGE for the next 3 hours.
Now it is just to drive and pick up her third daughter from TUNBRIDGE WELLS (the one that was on a sleepover last night………please keep up!!!) Then head home again to SEVENOAKS area, doing a supermarket shop on the way.
There is time to unload the shopping and have a quick coffee before she is out again to pick up the 2 from the party in TONBRIDGE and home again at
2130. Done with her ferrying for the day, I open a bottle of wine and pour her a glass and suggest she puts her feet up and relaxes finally with a little TV. I am knackered – never mind my sister!!!
Two sips and her partner arrive home with his nephew and the 2 dogs in tow. Of course they are all hungry and wanting to eat. They unload the skinned rabbits they have shot while she cooks them a dinner and prepares the rabbit for cooking later.
At this point, a suggested visit by her partner for a visit to the pub is ignored in favour of bed before tomorrow brings it on again.
As far as they are probably concerned she has done nothing except put her feet up, drink wine with her sister and watch TV all day.
A total of 100 miles clocked up in the car, proves otherwise though.
For those of you with kids – well done – saints all!
For those of you without kids – well – done – sin as much and as often as you can before they turn up – or don’t have them!