As some of you may have gathered from my Things I Know post on Friday, I was darn excited about going to the movies with Hubby for date night.
As it turned out, there was nothing showing in the cinemas that could entice either one of us (‘Hangover Part 2’, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 4’ ???)
Besides, we kept the arrangement for our beloved Nulla Nanna to come over as she had happily volunteered for baby-sitting duties. We just couldn’t waste an evening by staying home. Despite the miserable weather.
Dressed in my new slinky jeans, Hubby and I decided to tread some old territory. The past haunts of our pre-twinlet yesteryears.
We went to our old pub where we spent many a drunken Saturday night with other child-free couples – drinking, talking and socializing. Nothing out of the extraordinary for Sydney savoir faire.
But six years on, things definitely felt different.
The same table was there to take our usual order. Inviting us to still enjoy our familiar, favoured beverages.
Yet, the pub noise was a little too rowdy and raucous for what we were now used to. I was appalled with the rambunctious crowd next to us. Their arrogant behaviour was full of profanities.
What was really happening ? I was just showing my age.
My inevitable lean towards becoming a, dare I say, conservative mother.
Four years ago at this very pub, my future husband and I would occasionally have a private, yet polite dinner together. We would tip toe around the topic of commitment, marriage and children. He wasn’t ready. I was eager and keen.
Now we were comparing twinlet photos on our phones, discussing their latest learnings and most recent cute moments.
Tonight, we talked about our future: where were we going to move to, in a city that was already so unaffordable for young families to maintain an urban lifestyle; what were the best options for day-care for our boys; what were my career plans beyond motherhood.
Breaking into the surface of planning for a young family with all its potential choices and paths.
Keeping all options open, yet staying as pragmatic as possible.
What a giant leap four years can do.
And besides now being a mother and holding responsibility for two precious souls, I still could enjoy the thrill of having a drink.
The warm, tingly feeling of a crisp white wine and the comforts of conversation that come with.
Walking back to the car in the rain, hand in hand with my beloved, I could see how all that was familiar has stepped into a time capsule of the past.
Life now is good. It’s not complete. But it’s certainly happy and content.
The movies can wait until another time.
Musings of Mama Grace © 2011