MeTime


The last ten days of my current vacation/home trip has been dominated by viral infection. It started with the kids first and I caught up soon. The sleep deprived me was yearning for some break which was something as simple as a sev puri and hot cup of coffee.
Why sev puri? Yes being brought up in the wonderful chat city of Mumbai it is a comfort of d no matter wherever you are or move to.
Why coffee (and not chai)? Yes chai would have been ideal but the place I intended to go to serves the best coffee. My throat and head definitely needed that caffeine and heat to feel better.
So I told my mom that I need some fifteen minutes of alone time for myself where I can just take a walk and indulge in this little snack and coffee. Dad was out on an errand and that meant that I need to wait for him to return. That was the first obstacle. I was keen to go hence I waited. While I did it started raining heavily. That was obstacle number 2. It was getting late as dad was stuck due to the rain. He was back in some time and I was raring to go out. He said it might take me 30 minutes easily. However it’s OK as they will manage both the kids. The rain was relentless but I was ready to walk in the ankle deep water and rain just for that “MeTime”.
So I left the house with my little purse and an umbrella. I didn’t carry a phone along hence couldn’t take any photo.
It’s hard to put into words how refreshing that walk was. All I had to hold for those few minutes was a umbrella and a purse. I could feel the rain and also navigate through the puddles smoothly. Any other day if would have been the toddler jumping about in the puddles and the baby watching from the comfort of the baby carrier. Today it was just me. The pace was fast as I was alone and I must add that I kept counting the minutes. I wanted to return back as soon as I can.
After reaching my favourite restaurant I couldn’t find the chaat menu and on asking he said that the chaat section is temporarily closed. That was obstacle number 3. I felt a bit disappointed as the whole point of walking up to that place was to eat chaat. I chose this place over the other chaat shop that’s not even half the distance I walked. Since I wanted to sit down and have that strong coffee I decided that I can make do with a masala dosa for that evening. The happy consolation was that the coffee would be brilliant with the dosa. So I gulped down a glass of extra strong coffee with yummy masala dosa while sitting alone and looking about. I have no idea how many minutes I sat there waiting for the food or eating but all that while my thoughts were at home. I could not detach myself from thinking about what the kids would be doing had I brought them here or if they are needing something out there. It was not as much fun or chilled as I thought it would be. However I totally enjoyed my uninterrupted dosa and coffee. No phone nor Person in between me and my MeTime. These 15 minutes of dining was definitely worthy as it was rejuvenating and helped me refocus. Although I barely had a moment to ponder about myself or anything unrelated to kids, it was still a positive way to plan things. There are lots of stuff to be done and I was just trying to work out things at that moment. When you are alone your mind can work with greater efficiency and it definitely did. I could think through about what was needed to be done in the coming weeks.
I do wonder if I found those fifteen minutes strange because I never had such a break or it indicates that I must take these little time out everyday for myself. Let’s see.
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Since I had no phone to click a picture to mark this incident I decided to draw it. Although I am terrible at drawing I mustered courage to share this because this is what I do everyday to entertain my daughter Vega and she loves it. The last ten days of my current vacation/home trip has been dominated by viral infection. It started with the kids first and I caught up soon. The sleep deprived me was yearning for some break which was something as simple as a sev puri and hot cup of coffee.
Why sev puri? Yes being brought up in the wonderful chat city of Mumbai it is a comfort of d no matter wherever you are or move to.
Why coffee (and not chai)? Yes chai would have been ideal but the place I intended to go to serves the best coffee. My throat and head definitely needed that caffeine and heat to feel better.
So I told my mom that I need some fifteen minutes of alone time for myself where I can just take a walk and indulge in this little snack and coffee. Dad was out on an errand and that meant that I need to wait for him to return. That was the first obstacle. I was keen to go hence I waited. While I did it started raining heavily. That was obstacle number 2. It was getting late as dad was stuck due to the rain. He was back in some time and I was raring to go out. He said it might take me 30 minutes easily. However it’s OK as they will manage both the kids. The rain was relentless but I was ready to walk in the ankle deep water and rain just for that “MeTime”.
So I left the house with my little purse and an umbrella. I didn’t carry a phone along hence couldn’t take any photo.
It’s hard to put into words how refreshing that walk was. All I had to hold for those few minutes was a umbrella and a purse. I could feel the rain and also navigate through the puddles smoothly. Any other day if would have been the toddler jumping about in the puddles and the baby watching from the comfort of the baby carrier. Today it was just me. The pace was fast as I was alone and I must add that I kept counting the minutes. I wanted to return back as soon as I can.
After reaching my favourite restaurant I couldn’t find the chaat menu and on asking he said that the chaat section is temporarily closed. That was obstacle number 3. I felt a bit disappointed as the whole point of walking up to that place was to eat chaat. I chose this place over the other chaat shop that’s not even half the distance I walked. Since I wanted to sit down and have that strong coffee I decided that I can make do with a masala dosa for that evening. The happy consolation was that the coffee would be brilliant with the dosa. So I gulped down a glass of extra strong coffee with yummy masala dosa while sitting alone and looking about. I have no idea how many minutes I sat there waiting for the food or eating but all that while my thoughts were at home. I could not detach myself from thinking about what the kids would be doing had I brought them here or if they are needing something out there. It was not as much fun or chilled as I thought it would be. However I totally enjoyed my uninterrupted dosa and coffee. No phone nor Person in between me and my MeTime. These 15 minutes of dining was definitely worthy as it was rejuvenating and helped me refocus. Although I barely had a moment to ponder about myself or anything unrelated to kids, it was still a positive way to plan things. There are lots of stuff to be done and I was just trying to work out things at that moment. When you are alone your mind can work with greater efficiency and it definitely did. I could think through about what was needed to be done in the coming weeks.
I do wonder if I found those fifteen minutes strange because I never had such a break or it indicates that I must take these little time out everyday for myself. Let’s see.
.
.
Since I had no phone to click a picture to mark this incident I decided to draw it. Although I am terrible at drawing I mustered courage to share this because this is what I do everyday to entertain my daughter Vega and she loves it.

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