Ever since I wed my husband 10 years ago, I've learnt to be more spontaneous. Many things were done at the spur of the moment, especially when it comes to taking short trips away. We'd plan things a day earlier or up to a week earlier but keep the plan to ourselves. One of the main reasons was to minimise the amount of disappointment it might cause to the kids as there were some previous occasions where we had to abandon our plans.
Last weekend we went for a day trip down to London. Before they went to bed the night before, I told them that if they were good, we'd take a trip somewhere during the weekend. So when I woke them up on Saturday morning, I told them to hurry and get ready because we were going to London.
Bangun! Bangun! Rise and shine! Kita nak pergi London hari ni. Nak ikut tak?
Alah, Mama tipu... (grumbled Abang and he tugged the duvet over his head)
I couldn't help laughing because I knew what he meant. There were occasions in the past when we were busy getting ready to leave the house and the kids would be asking (over and over again): where are we going? (though it's sometimes the other twin asking but you think you've answered the question so many times already). After the umpteenth time, I'd finally exclaim: We're going to London! And then, they'd get the message and end up saying, Alah, Mama ni...
So they couldn't be blamed if they didn't believe me that day. No, we're REALLY going to London today!
Abang H's eyes were wide open. Betul ke?
Betul... Cepat siap! Lagi cepat siap, lagi banyak tempat boleh pergi!
My princess jumped out of bed. Yea-yea..Boleh pergi London Bridge! Yea-yea..
Ever since we came last September, my princess has asked me on three separate occasions, Boleh tak kita pergi London Bridge?
She learnt the song London Bridge is falling down when she was in kindergarten and she now knows that we are not far from London city. In fact, she asked me again when we went fishing the week before. Naturally, when MrD asked me on Friday, what the plan was for the weekend, I quickly suggested London!
My research on that particular Friday night was to check on the weather forecast: cloudy in the morning, sunny in the afternoon. Okay, that's not too bad. I checked on routes to take, costs and laid out a list of possible places to go to.
The children's best was London Bridge. Little D and Princess sang the song all the way to London and even when we were at the bridge! We also made trips to Trafalgar Square, Marble Arch, Oxford Street, Picadilly Circus, and of course to the Malaysian Hall for lunch. Other must-see spots were reserved for our next trip, including Buckingham Palace where we'd have to watch the changing guards. They loved it so much that at the end of the day, they didn't forget to thank us on the way back home (Abang H was the one who led the thankyous): Thank you Mama. Thank you Abah. Thank you sebab bawak kitorang pergi London!
Oooh, wonderful moments are best spent with your loved ones! Pause to reflect...