It is always a huge novelty for the first day or so, because you get to know what it's like to operate on your own time and terms again, which is really weird but also extremely exciting. Life without kids, when it is all that you have ever known, is really very odd. Suddenly a plethora of possibilities open up to you, you can come and go as you please, eat when and if you chose to, watch R rated movies in the middle of the day and have sex at the drop of a hat in any place in the house that takes your fancy. It is definitely a far more spontaneous way of being and a lot less regimented than life is with kids around.
But I would be seriously lying if I didn't also acknowledge the fact that there was clearly a gaping hole in our existences. Don't get me wrong, I loved having the time to myself, but I don't think that I am ready to do that on a full time basis just yet. I know that when they arrive home this afternoon that I am going to be very excited to see my little darlings again, but for a short while, the opportunity to play the role of the childless couple for a weekend was extremely good fun.
It wasn't just all sex, drugs and rock n' roll either, we did get some big jobs done around the place that needed our attention, which was about 200% easier without the whine of mum or dad in the background. It is not until you can do things unhindered that you really understand just how much of your time is consumed by your children. Oh well, kids are a labour of love, and the benefits outweigh the struggles that's for sure.
So, in the next few hours it will be back to reality for us when they arrive home for dinner, so I should probably take this time to squeeze in a quickie before they return!
Release Date: 2014
Running Time: 91 mins
A quirky psychological romance, directed by Charlie McDowell that premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The One I Love examines a failing marriage in fresh and unusual ways, delivered with a unique, modern and entertaining flair, this movie took some turns that I was certainly not expecting.
Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Elizabeth Moss) have been sent away to a quiet retreat by their therapist in an attempt to reignite their marriage. Things start off pretty well for them in the idyllic surroundings, that is until strange and inexplicable things start to happen in the adjoining guest house that threatens to change them both forever.
Duplass and Moss are excellent together, really pulling together the mystery and intrigue of the tale by being convincingly perplexed and entranced with their new situation. At just over 90 minutes running time, this was an easy and interesting offering that is definitely worth a look.
FINAL SAY: Let's try and recreate the moment.
3.5 Chili Peppers