Wednesday, 1 June 2011

a guilty lunch...

I did something on Tuesday that I don't think I've ever done before...
Want to know what it was?

Steady's nothing terrible...!!

I went out for lunch by myself. Yes, that's it, so why was it such a big deal?

It was a big deal because I felt guilty for sitting down and ordering something more than a quick sushi roll on the go.

I hadn't planned my lunch out. I had a day off and a few errands to do and a bit of shopping. I finished these chores a bit earlier than expected so decided to go and have a coffee at Hamptons Home Living .
I sat down at the lovely long rustic dining table to order my coffee and glanced through the food menu, realised that I was actually quite hungry and had one of those  'what the heck'  moments and ordered a roast beetroot salad with hazelnuts and Persian feta. (It was as good as it sounds.)

I've been out and about and stopped for a coffee (and an occasional cake) umpteen times and never a pang of guilt, but when my lovely well presented  lunch arrived I felt that I was doing something wrong!
It wasn't that I was dining alone - no  problem with that, so what was it?

I guess that a Tuesday is 'mother' day...or to give it it's in vogue title - 'homemaker' day - that's the hat that I wear on a Tuesday!
I usually spend some time in the morning at school, then my day would  include some chores at home....and there I was lunching out - and sitting down to eat at that! I was feeling that I should have been doing other things.

So I was lunching out in the wrong hat!
(Must remember to pick up my "allowed to lunch" hat on my way out next time!)

Does this sound familiar to anyone else?

PS Thank you for all the comments and messages regarding the snake in my last post. They made me laugh, especially the ones from my facebook friends who told me to "come back home quick!"
Quick update - The snake has not been seen since...I don't know whether that's a good thing or not!

6 Comments and thoughts:

  1. Oh it does sounds familiar but we really shouldn't feel guilty. I am glad you had a lovely relaxing lunch. No doubt the rest of your day was hectic. ;-)

  2. Sounds like a perfect day! And delicious too :)

    Thank you for sharing with Post Of The Month Club! XOL

  3. oh sounds so familiar, maternal guilt or is that feminine guilt...that instead of looking after ourselves we should be looking after others...very common, ignore it and go for lunch or the museum or a gallery or shopping for yourself MORE often! You can call them your artist date or your creative's your time to feed your soul with some new tastes and sights and savours just for yourself...

  4. I think I might feel the same, but I shouldn't! Your lunch sounded perfect--I would just need a good book.

  5. You see Beth you forgot to put on your invisible crown! Don't feel guilty, you were researching for your blog..that's it!Sounds wonderful, hope you weren't too guilty to enjoy it? Love Linda x

  6. I think it sounds like you really, really deserved it. I know what you mean though. I can happily spend an hour having a coffee with a friend but would never justify sitting by myself in a cafe just relaxing on my own. Guilt! We invented the blooming concept. We should bury it and live life on the edge!