It's not the amount of time a parent spends with their children thats important, it is the quality of the time. Many parents are at home with their children but have the TV on (loud) or too involved doing other things to even notice their children. Many parents are busy rushing here and there taking their children to sports and other activities or to friends that they are too tired to spend time that counts. When you look at the statistics, parents spend very little time with their teenage children and they don't seem to realise what they are missing out on. Even though I am not with my sons all the time as I work, when I am with them . . . that time counts and I make the most of it.
It is moments like these that are precious . . . not only for me, but for our teenage sons and daughters.
On the 16th I took my 19 year old son to the secondhand book fair and we had fun searching for books and then looking at what we had found. Afterwards we went out for lunch at a local pub. I'm not one for pubs, but this one is quite rustic and at lunchtime on a Friday the only clientle were elderly men (at least in their 80s) enjoying a quiet meal and a pint of beer!! We were very young in comparison.
Hanging from the ceiling of the pub were an array of old fashion jugs, chamber pots and mugs - and on the walls a lovely collection of plates. They were very interesting to look at, but sadly I didn't take any photos to share with you.
This was our meal - I had fish and chips and my son had a open grilled (chicken) hamburger. It was very filling and yummy. We chatted away during the meal . . . covering such topics as modern music, beer, why elderly men came to pubs at lunchtime, world affairs and why I always have to take a photo of what we eat!! We must go out for lunch again as it was so nice be able to talk about stuff. Or perhaps afternoon tea on the weekend.
I am on leave for most of April . . . plenty of opporunties for another meal or two.