Being a married man and a father of small children, I am very rarely alone in the workday evenings or weekends. Indeed, in the past five or or six years, my capacity for sustained self-entertainment (yeah, yeah, OK; “nudge, nudge”) has atrophied to the point where I no longer know what to do when faced with a free Sunday. Yet this was the situation I found myself in last night. Wife off on business trip. Son at mom’s place. Daughter likely to spend day at friend’s place. Now what?
After some thought, I reached the conclusion that I would very much like to spend the afternoon with friends at a museum and a café. That is the sort of enjoyable pastime that small children turn into a stressful chore. So I was happy, having found out what I would like to do.
As it turned out, I started planning this too late. My daughter’s friend was only available until three o’clock. My own friends have kids too or were otherwise occupied. So here’s what I did with my lazy Sunday:
- Went to town reading Pratchett on the train.
- Had vaguely Asian chicken & shrimp wok.
- Attempted to get replacement for non-functional remote control at shop in town, was directed to suburban mall.
- Went to mall reading Pratchett.
- Got remote control replaced. Checked price on wifi card for old laptop.
- Rode bus home reading Pratchett.
- Bought groceries.
- Was invited to new neighbours for tea and a bun and a chat.
Dear Reader, if you found yourself with a free Sunday, would it surprise you? And what would you do to entertain yourself?