From the time we got here in SG until now, all my free time goes to my kids. I have never thought of going out with friends and I feel guilty when Rommel and I leave the children at home while we do some errands. Yes, everytime I open the front door to leave the kids, I suffer from separation anxiety.
This afternoon, I felt sad when my daughter said "I love you, Mama. Sana palagi nalang tayo magkasama". I answered "pano pag nasa office si mama syempre matagal siya mawawala". She insisted "basta gusto ko sumama sayo kahit nasa office ka o kaya kahit saan". I feel guilty because I cannot promise such a thing. As much as I want to be with them 24/7, circumstances just won't allow that to happen. That is why I make it a point to spend quality time with them as much as I could. If the time comes that I won't be able to do it as often, I have already planted good memories to live by.
For mothers who think more of their career advancement, I suggest that you think hard. The higher you go the corporate ladder, the heavier your responsibilities become, and the lesser your time spent with your families.
Post script: Today, Zia and I had a Mcflurry date. When we came home, it was play time for Ziggy and me. Just about now, the front door opened...quality time with Rommel just started...