As in drinking straight from the carton, Singledom.
As in eating cereal or popcorn for dinner, Singledom.
As in renting any movie from Redbox that I want, Singledom.
As in going to the gym everyday, Singledom.
As in sleeping in on the weekend, Singledom.
As in cleaning the house, and having it stay clean, Singledom.
And it’s all ending in 2 days.
I know I was blessed with a gift that most parents would snatch up quicker than the last Lego set at 70% off at Target at Christmastime. And I would highly recommend every parent on the planet get at least a weekend, just to themselves. To do anything (or nothing!) that they want. Just to remember, or discover, what they were like without kids and the responsibility of taking care of them and just making sure they live through the day without major incident! I know it’s not easy to make it happen, but even if it’s just for an afternoon. Recruit your husband, a friend, a mother-in-law, or babysitter to help you out for a day. You’d probably be surprised how quickly a “Yes” comes in response!
Oh, what’s that you say? You could never do that? I’m not a good mother because I was separated from my children voluntarily? Because I enjoyed my time without them? I would say the contrary. I’ve had a chance to remember how fiercely I love them and need to be with them. I’ve had a chance to reconnect with God and foster my relationship with Him without distractions. I’ve had a chance to let the stress of everyday life melt off of me, even if for just a short while. I didn’t realize how stressful daycares and pick-ups and drop-offs and early morning meetings and long-term unemployment is until it was removed, temporarily, from my day-to-day life. That stuff can build up, People, and weigh you down! It’s so easy to get caught up in it all while you are in the midst of it. To quote Florence and The Machine: Shake it Off! Shake it Off!
I’d forgotten what it was like to be “Single” and while I’ve done my best to enjoy it for the last couple weeks, I can’t wait for it to end so I can be reunited with my Sweet Hubby & Cuddly Babies! It was good while it lasted, but it wasn’t without heartache. I can’t wait to hug and kiss these people in a few days: