Sure, I get to do some things I'm familiar with. Like reading. Except I used to read stuff with fewer pictures and more words.
But in any case, here are some more examples.
Once upon a time, you used to snuggle in bed. Or read, or watch a movie, or do whatever it is you do to make babies. I don't know about you but in our house, babies arrive by Stork Express.
After kids, we had more and more night time activities. But let's just say they are nothing of the stork delivery sort. Oh yes, night times are loads of fun. Here's what one of our typical nights looked like, not too long ago.
Before kids, spending an hour in a store deciding whether I should choose between a light or dark blue blouse, or size S or XS (oh those were the days), was nothing. In fact, it was done often. After kids, I count the grocery run alone as a special treat. Fusilli or penne? Oh I could so enjoy this. But the kids go just about everywhere with me, even to the personal care store where they (the store, not my kids) sell um impulse items at the counter. One such occasion led my daughter to ask me about um, "sexy time"; I wrote about it here.
Oh swimming. I don't swim myself, but of course, there was the occasional hang out in the sun, lounging on a deck chair with a big hat. Ahhhh. Now swimming means an arm float in one arm and a swim board kiapped under my armpit. Sorry, KIAP is a word that doesn't exist in any other language. I can't explain it. "Squeezed between", I guess?
Anyway, a big bag of stuff and very few of those things are actually for me. The shower after the swim? With slippery kids and wet public pool floors? Hell. Or close enough.
Eating with kids must be, hands down, my favourite activity ever! Not. Once upon a time I could eat with two hands. Though it's now such a distant memory that I may have to attend some crash course of sorts just to remember. I used to be able to read a book with my lunch. I used to be able to chew my food at a pace I desired.
Now, well, stuff like this happens.
Anyway, kids are awesome and we love them! Well, most of the time.