As my car picked up speed, and I drove further and further away from my home, where I’d just left my husband in charge of the children, I felt lighter and lighter. I turned up the music, and jammed to some rocking dance tune, the name of which I cannot remember.
With each mile, each beat, each tap of my fingers on the steering wheel, I could physically feel the stress leave my body.
It was the first time in ten days (two weeks?) that I was on my own, worrying about no one, doing nothing but something for myself.
There was no guilt. There was no thinking I should be at home, with the boys. There was no wondering if people would think I’m a terrible mother, for rejoicing in the fact that I had three whole hours of ‘me’ time to look forward to.
Guilt. It’s like the ball and chain we figuratively attach to ourselves when we become parents.
Last Saturday, I shook off that bitch, and saved my sanity.
I retreated to a cafe, I read an actual book, I drank too many coffees, I only sent one text message to my husband to let him know I was alive (and to see how he was doing).
When I got home, the house was a mess, the kids had food all over them, but they were happy, laughing and the baby launched himself at me (something I will never get tired of).
My husband didn’t even look the worse for wear, and assured me it was a breeze.
Guess what I did on Sunday?
Three. More. Hours. Off.
Morals of the story? For wives and mothers, take time off for yourself. For husbands and fathers, don’t say it was a breeze unless you’re prepared for two days of solo parenting, because your wife will take full advantage of it.
Thank you, husband.
Just for fun, I’m participating in Trifecta for the first time ever. Their week’s one-word prompt fit perfectly into this post, which I’d already half-written. My word count is 319 words.
This week’s word is: BITCH (noun)
1: the female of the dog or some other carnivorous mammals
2 a : a lewd or immoral woman
b : a malicious, spiteful, or overbearing woman —sometimes used as a generalized term of abuse
3: something that is extremely difficult, objectionable, or unpleasant
- Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
- You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
- The word itself needs to be included in your response.
- You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
- Only one entry per writer.
- Trifecta is open to everyone. Please join us.
When was the last time you had a break and ‘me’ time?