Every Wednesday morning, SK and I have a special breakfast ritual. His school starts an hour later on Wednesdays, so after dropping YK off at 7am, we have one whole hour to spare.
We always end up at MacDonalds where he always orders a Big Breakfast meal. I'm not a MacDonald's fan and I can't bring myself to drink their regular coffee. So I always order a Long Black which I can't finish because it's not very nice.
When my kids were little, I loved to carry them in my arms even though we had a stroller. They followed me everywhere, to the neighbourhood store, the park and out on my walks. I was a little bit chubby but I had strong, toned arms.
When they were in primary school, I had rituals that revolved around their schedules. I waited for them at the school gate at 1.15pm everyday. My friends wondered why I had a golden tan all year round. Well, the sun is at its hottest at 1pm.
The kids had tuition almost every afternoon. While they were slogging away at the tutor's house, I would be at the running track. I was lean and fit during those years.
Then they progressed to secondary school, and they often finish late. Naturally, I lost my tan. They've also stopped going for daily tuition and I'm not so lean anymore.
For the past 16 years, the kids have been the centre of my life. Before I buy or plan something, schedule an appointment or even say something, I think of the kids first. It's hard to imagine how empty my life will be when they've flown the nest.
Oh well. We'll see when the time comes.