Maybe it’s the beautiful weather, maybe it’s because my kids are running around like kids should, maybe it’s because I am so annoyingly happy with my life right. But I think that the reason I am so happy, energized, ready to tackle the day because I had 32 hours off. No kids, no diapers, no whining.
I didn’t realize how much I needed a break, time off, a mini vacation. I didn’t realize until I was driving up island just how much I needed it. Which was A LOT.
I needed to recharge my batteries. I needed some time to myself and do you know what I realized… it’s OK to have time to your self. It’s more than OK, it should be a requirement.
If you go, go, go all the time, you WILL burn out and then what good are you? You’re cranky, you’re tired, and you yell… a lot. Then you hate yourself because you’ve yelled, or you just don’t want to colour another picture or read ‘that’ book for the 10th time in the same hour.
Being a Mum is one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done, but it’s also the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
If you work at a paying job, you get holidays. You get (paid) time off. I am very lucky and fortunate that I have a husband who understand that who whole parenting gig is a team effort. I keep the kids alive and he keeps a roof over our heads. But I need a break from time to time.
So I took a break.
I spent the evening with my Mum and sister. We went and got pedicures. Went to a pub for dinner – no kid menus there! I went to bed and slept, I slept great! I woke up and went for a run, by myself. I showered with no one asking me questions, trying to help me. I had adult conversation. I was able to drink a cup of coffee while it was still hot! I spent the afternoon celebrating my sisters pregnancy. It was the perfect way to recharge my batteries.
When I walked through the door, my kids gave me the best welcome home. They had smiles and hugs – oh the hugs. I’m looking forward for my next break, just so I can get those hugs! I don’t think I’ve ever been hugs with so much love and acceptance. There was no ‘Mommy, why did you leave?” Instead it was “MOMMY, YOU’RE HOME! Did you have fun?”
It’s nice to be missed. Every mother should get a chance, an afternoon, an hour of kid free time to recharge.