Contrary to the blurry Sunday we experienced yesterday, today is a sunny day. As a matter of fact, at around 11:00 a.m., it was scorching hot that walking to school to fetch the boys for lunch without so much as an umbrella to protect my stubborn little head was close to, well, suicide. So an umbrella I did bring.
Problem was, I realized too late that the umbrella I brought wasn’t big enough to protect my two boys as well. I should have brought another one.
Then again, as I was already near the school grounds, going back to fetch another umbrella was totally out of the question. Good thing I had the presence of mind to bring my purse with me. We could just board one of those service tricycles stationed near the school.
My eight-year-old was already waiting by the school gate when I got there. His little brother was nowhere to be found though. As it turned out, my youngest, a Grade 1 pupil, had to stay for a few minutes to clean the classroom, along with several of his classmates.
While waiting, I couldn’t help but notice the school guard telling kids not to climb up posts, run up and down the stairs, or do other stunts that might render them incapacitated if anything untoward happens to them. Kids, indeed, and all the things they were willing to go through to get a good laugh!
Mondays and weekdays I’m off work are the only days I get to play the mom-fetches-kids-from-school game. A trivial matter for some, a non-event for many, something most mothers from the neighborhood get to do on a daily basis. But cliché as it might seem, if you ask me, I'd say the best things in life are still those that are either free or taken for granted.