As most of the loyal Morning After readers know, I went home this past weekend to spend some time with the 'rents and bond with my mum and eat all of her food. It's always a great feeling back in the neighbourhood, sleeping in my old room, driving around with my dad and making my mother a cup of tea at the end of the day. Having the on the other end of the phone is never the same. Being home also reminds me of what's important in life. I thought I'd share with you a few lessons from home.
1. Daddy's Little Girl 4Eva
This is caption directly taken from one of the photographs on my old bedroom walls with my dad and I out celebrating his birthday by going camping. My visit home was no different. We spent time watching sports and sharing books; orchestrating a surprise for my mother and staying in on Sunday . I just realised and accepted that I will always be his little girl for the rest of my days
2. It takes a community
My mother and I drove out to the community hall on Monday before my flight back to drop off winter clothes that she and her church friends had collected. I was moved to see retired older women knitting scarves and socks to add to the collection pile. Sometimes I forget this because the only community I have when I'm in Johannesburg is just my friends and our efforts to help only go so far.
3. Dress for Comfort
The only time I dressed up was when we went out for mother's dinner on Sunday. Other than that I was in my jeans, dad's shirts and sneakers. My mother -- being her incredible self -- washed and ironed my long jon pyjamas from my university days to sleep in, which made sleeping on the cold nights possible. I need to buy myself another pair.
It's certainly more fun being home now that I'm an adult -- even though my mother's rules still apply: no phones at dinner, no staying up watching TV past 11PM and no staying in bed past 9AM. Even though I'm glad to be back in my own current bed and away from my shocking pink girlhood bedroom I miss home just a bit.
What house rules do your parents still enforce when you visit, even though you're no longer a teen?