It has been a busy start to October. There were many days in the past two weeks where I had to dash in and out for interviews, drop Jason off in school earlier than usual, just so I could get to an appointment on time, while filing stories and cooking dinner. To make matters worse, JQ was felled by a nasty flu bug and was running a fever for 4 days, so I had to do “double duty”, picking the kids and handling the bedtime routine on my own. Thankfully he’s on the mend now.
On hectic weeks like these, I appreciate any help I can get, especially when it comes to cooking dinners. My mum has been helping with one dinner a week, and that has been working out great, because I don’t have to worry about cooking when I go in to office for meetings on Wednesday. The other days I work from home, so cooking dinner is less of a hassle.
I had a lovely surprise the other day when Aunty S. my neighbour, a retired designer who lives two doors away, cooked a yummy meal for us out of the blue – the braised chicken wings with potatoes and fishballs was one of the yummiest dishes she has cooked for us. We have been blessed with lovely neighbours, and not only do I learn life’s lessons from them, we all get treated to yummy fare from them regularly. More than the tasty food, it is the genuine care from my two wonderful neighbours that I appreciate.
They dote on my kids, enjoy talking to them whenever we meet, make it a point to get them treats whenever there are special occasions or when they travel. They collect our newspapers for us whenever we travel, even if we forget to tell them we are travelling! In return, my kids know they have to greet the neighbours whenever we see them. We also walk Aunty S.’s dog when she travels. She trusts us with her house key, and we go in once a day to feed the dog and bring her for a walk. The two short trips she has taken so far have been a wonderful experience for Jason and Shannon, who look forward to walking the dog in the evenings.
They say it takes a village to raise a kid, so yes, during hectic weeks, I’m especially thankful I have a village to help me – with dinners, with my kids. Every little bit counts. 🙂