By Bronwyn L.
About 15 years ago now, I was one of a group of Mums who decided to do something very silly and a little bit daring……..we had a pyjama party morning tea! We had to drive to one friend’s place in our pyjamas with mudpacks on our faces. We then ate and played some games, including Scruples, and spoke of plans for other daring adventures. One of the suggestions made at the time was to go away for a weekend, turning up at the airport with just a handbag and credit card and then to go on a shopping spree to buy what we needed plus a little bit more.
At the time, with four children aged between 8 and 16, my life had largely revolved around meeting family needs for some time. So the pyjama party morning tea, while silly in hindsight, did have a little touch of adventure to it and we all had fun. Having married at 20 and become a Mum at 22, I had not had much opportunity to be adventurous. The idea we discussed of travelling away for a weekend completely unencumbered sounded like great fun, with a touch of mystique and daring about it, not to mention self-indulgence!
Well, life goes on and we never acted on the idea. Although I have done quite a bit of travelling since, it has always been planned. So that is why I suggested the idea to Amanda as one of her challenges. I thought it was a manageable adventure and she might even take me along for the ride.
Well sometimes, reality is quite different to the dream. As it turned out, Amanda took Andy along instead of me (I guess a fiance trumps a Mum!). They ended up going to the Gold Coast where they had been just a few weeks earlier. Turning up at the airport without a pre-booked ticket means that you end up paying a lot more for the flight which is bound to take the wind out of your sails a bit. They are saving for a wedding so a shopping spree wasn’t on the agenda. And then, wearing the same clothes for a couple of days isn’t that enjoyable, probably more reminiscent of a time when luggage failed to show up after a flight. They had a nice time but it wasn’t the least bit adventurous.
So maybe some dreams should just stay as romantic ideas after all. And maybe someone who gets married at 20 and then has four kids isn’t really the adventurous type anyway.
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