For the past three weeks, we’ve had guests – first my mother-in-law and then my parents – and whilst I’d love to be able to tell you that we gave them a time-share in the grandchildren to remember, I’m not sure that we did.
Images of my mum floating round a lazy river, cocktail in hand at a pool bar or even relaxing on a lounger with a good book at the Polo Club didn’t materialise – because, to put it simply, life got in the way.
Nothing bad – just general busy-ness, scheduling clashes and a pesky flu bug – but enough to make me concerned that my parents’ visit could possibly be classed as unpaid labour, rather than a holiday.
In the line of ‘duty’ this time round:
– The boys got really sick, warranting two days off school for grandson2 and causing untold sleep disruption
– I missed much of the above because of work, leaving The Visitors in charge (as to who had the easier job here, I’m in no doubt – especially the night shifts which, quite frankly, leave me wanting to throw breakfast bowls at the wall)
– After a bad experience in a taxi, and only able to drive as far as Arabian Ranches, my parents are, understandably, loathed to venture out on their own (and I can’t say I blame them), meaning they’re confined to the house if on their own. The pool aside, the only place they can walk to from ours is the mini-mart supermarket and dry cleaners
– The Thanksgiving buffet my DH took them to ended in a monumental and very public puking session courtesy of ‘chunder wonder’ poorly grandson1
– During their stay, they were also bystanders to a flood at grandson1’s birthday party venue and a hospital appointment about his upcoming surgery
– They suffered made it through a children’s birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese, attended by 24 six- and seven-year olds
– DH, our main driver and peace-keeper, succumbed to the bug, mutated it into ‘man-flu’ and developed sciatica too
On the upside, some highlights I hope The Visitors enjoyed:
– Trips to a desert wildlife centre in Sharjah, the pool, a beach resort and Al-Barsha park
– A dhow cruise out into the Gulf and through the heart of Dubai Marina, followed by Arabic food
– For my dad, two glorious days of golf at the DP World Tour Championship, our trump card and just down the road from us
– Business class travel, both ways
What do you think? Do you think they’ll come back? I think they will – for the golf, at least, with their flu jabs topped up.