This morning, I took a train and then a bus to work, something I haven't done in years. A journey that normally takes 15 minutes by car is now an hour long. I miss my car!
Today's journey costs only $2.40 compared to the $10 cabfare yesterday. I saved $7.60 but gained some new blisters on my feet.
When the kids complain about the long uphill climb home from the train station, I tell them it's nothing compared to my long walks with Rusty every day. Now I take it all back.
I realise that walking the dog in the cool evening is different from going up and down the hill in my heels. It becomes especially hard when you're carrying a handbag and laptop with the sun beating down on you.
Now I know that wearing sensible shoes and a light cotton dress makes all the difference. Of course I only realise that after making the mistake of wearing my new 3.5 inch platform shoes yesterday. I almost threw it away on the way home. It was that uncomfortable.
Did I mention my ultra comfy sandals broke when I was walking home from the train station the day before? I was struggling up the hill and the strap broke, just like that. I had to hobble home.
Before I left the house this morning, I examined my shoes thoroughly to ensure they would take me to the office and back without any incident. I also checked that I had enough coins in my purse for train and bus fare.
YK and I boarded the same train today. We ended up sitting opposite each other. For me, it felt strange looking at him across the cabin. I still find it hard to imagine my son is now a young man.
When it was time for me to alight, he looked up and waved goodbye. As I walked out the cabin, I turned back to see him still waving and smiling. I suddenly felt a rush of emotion.
It brought back memories of the days when he was a little toddler and I had to sneak out of the house every morning because he couldn't bear to see me leave. It broke my heart everytime I heard his cries when he realised I was gone.
Oh, how quickly he has grown.