Not talking about me lah. But my mum :)
Before this trip back, Eddie and I were thinking about places to take the kids for outings. For Malacca, I remember thinking of taking them to walk around the old town centre, climb St Paul's Hill, take the river cruise...blah blah...none of these materialised, except for walking along the river to get to dinner in Jonker Street. For Singapore, Eddie suggested taking them to East Coast cycling, maybe the zoo...again, we never did.
What can I say, we are bloody lazy parents lah. And I get pretty bored out of my mind on outings to Science Centre or even the Zoo. I would find a bench to sit and then tell the kids to come back to me when they're done with a section. I like the zoo too, but even then, am not entirely enthusiastic what with the heat and walking. I wish I were more like my friend Karen, who's always fun to go to outings with, cos she'd be very gung-ho, with "Okay, where shall we go next?" "Let's" this and "Let's" that...with sweets and snacks prepared for the kids.
Anyway, today is a school holiday for Brian cos his school declared a holiday for good O level results. It would have been the perfect day to take the kids somewhere, and honestly, we would have (honest lah)...but we already made prior arrangements for mahjong at 3pm.
Yet, without us, the boys have headed off to Science Centre. With my mum! My mum had promised Sean she would take him there over the weekend, and when that didn't happen, he reminded her yesterday about her promise. Tough as nails my mum is, but she has this thing about promises made, and felt bad about it. So she's making her way all the way from the east to the west for a whole-day outing with the boys.
Me? I'm happy I'm off the hook and thankful I have such an awesome mum! When the boys were tots and in their strollers, my mum would take them for walks, to the playground, swimming...stuff I hardly do with them cos these things bore me. Aiyoh, the more I write, the more I'm sounding like the laziest mum ever.
When we were back for 3 months last year, she would prepare simple Chinese worksheets for Sean to do. She also did the same when Brian was small (Chinese, English, Math). Sean actually seemed more calm at home when he had these 'structured' activities to do with his grandmother, compared to normal days when he does nothing and comes to complain that he's bored while I face my computer.
So yes, my mum's awesome, she cooks great meals for the boys, makes sure they're always showered and clean, takes them out a lot, engages them to the best of her ability. Of course she gets on my nerves often, and I hers,...God knows how often we complain to our friends about each other...but I know she's always there for us...truly I am blessed to have the best mum ever.
I just realised that she's kind of a key (must read post by the awesome Monica Lim) to me, and a key to my boys, but I guess having a key in small doses is still okay. Overseas, I no longer have a key, and the boys aren't lucky enough to have me as a key :) So it's all good.