So this week’s task was to attempt to go and see a movie with people from my class. Immediately I had doubts, but determined to give it a try I sent out a tweet to my fellow students in the hopes that someone might like to come see a movie with myself and my kids. Well, no one seemed willing, however I was informed about the fact that my university does have movies that play on a regular basis on campus, and that they were quite cheap ($5!). So with this new found knowledge I decided that, that was exactly what I would do.
Unfortunately, that night my darling baby (well he is 3) was up all night having coughing fits and unable to breath properly because of a stuffy nose. So when he eventually forced me out of bed at the delightful hour of 5:30AM, the weather taken a turn for the worse as well with wind, rain and cold I realised my desire to take the kids out for the movies was not achievable.
As a parent it is my duty to look after my children till they reach an age where they can physically (and legally) look after themselves and be alone. My activities we constrained due to limitations of external parties, my children (Witheridge 2015, cited in Schonfelder & Azhausen 2010, p.39), also referred to as Authority constraints.
Logistically I knew that to attempt to co-ordinate with someone who might be able to baby sit for me while I went to catch a movie wasn’t possible. Not that I did not try, but at such short notice most of my friends and family were busy, but to ask someone to watch a sick child isn’t really something I like to do since it exposes them to the illness too (who really wants to be the reason that stuff spreads). And so, I gave up the notion of getting out to the movies all together. This limitation can also be called Coupling constraints as my limitation was tethered to someone being free at such short notice(Witheridge 2015, cited in Schonfelder & Azhausen 2010, p.38).
Finally, my movements were limited due to physical factors such as the need to sleep (Witheridge 2015, cited in Schonfelder & Azhausen 2010, p.38). Oh how I needed to sleep, my eyes burned I was so tired. While my darling boys ran rings around me, my body was so fatigued from a night being up and down with my youngest I honestly didn’t want to leave the house. I just wanted to rest.
So, alas, this was a failed task. But it was not a complete disaster. I did manage to watch ONE full movie from start to finish that night on my little laptop. I watched, ‘Before I wake’, and scared myself silly. But I shall leave my review on that movie till another time.
Witheridge, G 2015,HAGERSTRAND NOT THE IRRATIONAL MAN: AN ANALYSIS OF WHY TUMBLEWEEDS HAVE REPLACED JAFFAS ROLLING DOWN CINEMA AISLES, 30 August, viewed 29 September 2016,<https://givernywitheridge.wordpress.com/2015/08/30/hagerstrand-not-the-irrational-man-an-analysis-of-why-tumbleweeds-have-replaced-jaffas-rolling-down-cinema-aisles/>