Monday, July 2, 2012

Precious Moments

I had a plan for today - a workout to complete, a few errands to run, a bit of work to do, and a paper to finish up writing for publication ... busy day ahead for me.

I got none of it done.

I decided to linger at home a bit in the morning and have breakfast with my parents instead of heading straight the the gym. I know I should have gone first thing, but we had a late night the night before watching the Euro 2012 final match {Italy lost, *sob* :(} and I was just generally tired from Saturday's intense CrossFit session followed by yesterday's boxing ... so I figured, rest now, maybe gym later {big mistake, it rarely happens}.

After having breakfast with them I was outlining my plan with my mom and she said 'Don't go, stay and watch a movie with me.'

How could I resist?

It was at that moment that I realized - as chaotic and stressful this may be, this was actually an opportunity to spend some quality time with my parents. Something that I didn't really get to do much over the past few years because of my PhD stress. Now I have them to myself, in my home - I can take care of them before they leave Kuwait forever -- I have been blessed to have these precious moments with my parents, something that would not have happened otherwise. Instead, they would have left Kuwait in that rush/stress of moving/packing and they would have landed in Bangladesh and fallen straight into a hectic routine.

Yes. This stressful situation is going to be turned into a blessing indeed.

I put my errands aside, thought I'll make up the workout at some other point, and emailed the journal editors and apologized for not submitting my paper ... and that was that.

Mom and I curled up on the sofa and watched The Blind Side - one of my favorite movies. I tell you, from the moment the movie starts my heart just wells and I want to adopt/take in every needy/neglected child in the world - I'm such a sap lol.

We ran an errand together in the afternoon and just chillaxed the rest of the day.

The meals have been going well so far - lots of salads and low fat wraps - turkey, chicken, tuna. It's been lot of time prepping for 4 people (and washing up after 4 people) but it's going much better than expected. Taking control of the kitchen has been a good strategy so far (though I wonder how long my dad can resist his urge to cook!).

6 comments:

  1. It's great that you took a day to relax and spend time with your parents! Sounds wonderful!

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    1. It really was a treat :)

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  2. Agree with Shannon. A day to visit with your parents is a good thing. Glad the cooking situation is working out so far. :)

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    1. The cooking situation is going quite a bit better than I had hoped! I hope we can continue this way!

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  3. I'm glad to hear you're taking the opportunity to spend some quality time with your parents -- it really is a blessing that you've had this chance! Enjoy your time with them! :)

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    1. It really has been a blessing, and I'm trying to make the most of it :)

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