A couple of Saturdays ago, Kei took the boys sledding. By himself.
It was a gift to me. A few solitary hours to do with as I wished. Well, almost. I did have a big work project that I had to spend a few hours on, but there was no way that I was completely giving up a Saturday all to myself – a SUNNY Saturday all to myself.
So what is an overworked, exhausted, creatively-drained mummy to do with a few hours to herself? Why, take pictures of course.
I headed down to Mississippi avenue – a place that we visit often but that I never really take time to look at, much less take pictures. I’m usually too busy chasing five year olds or two year olds to making sure they don’t run into traffic or, worse, other people.
Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time with my family, but being alone for a couple of hours on a favourite urban street suddenly opened a whole new world of opportunity.
Like vintage stores with objects so fragile and beautiful that a two year old would find them irresistible…
Tiny galleries in which I could browse the collection of strangely engrossing (and quite hilarious) photographic art for longer than a five year old attention span.
Wonderfully spiky plants in apartment building doorways that would otherwise have gone unnoticed.
Replicas of Easter Island relics sporting Christmas lights well into January. (OK, not sure what that was all about and pretty certain the boys would have found it hilarious as well).
Beautiful signs against even more beautiful blue skies.
And, most importantly, more than a few minutes to sit in a cafe with coffee and brunch, read my favourite magazine and just watch the world go by. Perfect.