On Sunday morning around half past eleven, my phone buzzed with a text message.
Hi, today is ‘(the child’s name)’ birthday at 5 in the evening please drop Dhruv in our apartment (apartment number) and you can pick him up at 7. Thanks.
It took me a minute or two to grasp the message. And by the time the message seeped into me, I had already got anxious.
I had been enjoying a lazy sunday and was psyching myself to get up and start cooking the lunch. Now this message stung every tissue inside me because it meant that not only I had to jump out to the kitchen to prepare the lunch, I also had to take a bath, give Dhruv a bath, finish having the lunch, rush outside in the heat (its too hot in Bangalore these days) to get the gift and also prepare Dhruv to spend 2 hours without me by his side and the last thing was to involve a too much of talking and counselling.
What happened next was my world turning upside down until the time Dhruv finally came back home at 7 pm. (First he came back when I went to drop him at 5:15 pm because he got uncomfortable watching the screaming children who were hell bent on tearing every bit of wrapping paper on the gifts that were coming across. A little more of talking consoled him and he agreed to go back after half an hour).
I dislike same day invitations, meeting plans, sudden engagements because they have the tendency of disrupting my life on that day. I may have a huge pile of laundry planned for a certain day or I may have been rushing with the cooking or I may have Dhruv’s hobby class to attend or I may have a plan to write a blog post or I may be just planning to go slow. My request to the universe is to give me atleast a day’s time in advance to plan my things instead of having my face squeezed up against the wall clock and the hands of the clock ticking into my face.
Would you like to tell me how do you go about approaching sudden invitations? Do you like to plan things in advance? Do you get anxious when faced with sudden engagements?
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