I had an excellent weekend last weekend. I didn’t have any major late nights so my days were productive also. Can fit more in this way. Still didn’t get to wash the car but that can wait.
On Sunday afternoon JJ and I went to the Wheatsheaf Hotel, one of the few left in Adelaide that DOES NOT have poker machines and that’s gotta be a good thing.
They also have bands and to top it off for us parents it’s kid-friendly which is why I took JJ. I also took him because it was a good friend’s birthday and JJ and her get along pretty well.
My good friend, R, not only celebrated her birthday that day but sang publicly with the band who she’s friends with. She covered ‘Old Fashioned Morphine’ by Jolie Holland. Great song and good interpretation. Considering she was very nervous and considering she hadn’t had a sound check and considering she’d only had one practise with the band she did a great job. Good on you R.
While she was up on stage JJ was running amok in the pub with his possy of girls. There were three girls from childcare there. The parents of two of these girls are good friends of mine and the other parents are acquaintances as I see them at the Wheatsheaf whenever I go there on a Sunday.
I tried to get JJ to stop for a second to watch R sing, but that didn’t happen. I just made him scream at me for daring to try and stop him running around with his girlfriends. Excuse me!
I do love the Sunday afternoon session and while I was standing at the bar getting a drink I reminisced about having a fairly regular Sunday afternoon sesh at the Exeter Hotel in the city. It’s quite different now. For a start I’ve got a kid and obviously if I take him to a pub I’ve got to be seen to be a responsible parent, and of course I am. When I’ve got JJ out I tend to drive so there goes the idea of lots of drinks. I’ve also got to leave early to get JJ to bed and give him some dinner.
No doubt I’ll look back on these years one day when I’m back at the pub with my mates having a drink on a Sunday afternoon and we’ll sit around talking about how nice it is that our kids are all grown up and we can go out without having to run around after them.