I’m getting a late start today. Wanna know why? Because school is in (yay!) and Firstborn, who is homeschooled, is at the office with Craig. This is the normal Thursday arrangement, but with all the snow days and sick days we’ve had, I’m not sure that we’ve had a normal Thursday since Christmas.
So this morning I got up, made the lunches and got the younger two off to school, and then…I went back to bed! Ahh, bliss! I got up at 10, took a shower, had some breakfast, and now I’m sitting down at the computer.
It’s always tempting on these kind of days to start ticking off things that need to be done, and errands that need to be run. I think that’s a throw-back from the days of having little children. If I ever had a rare moment without them, that was the time to get stuff done. Now that they are in school, and Firstborn is old enough to stay home alone, I am able to do all those things during the day.
I came to a realization today, however. “Without children” is not “alone”. Going to the grocery store without the kids is certainly much quicker and easier, and even enjoyable, but it is not alone. There are a hundred other people there, all talking and making noise, even if it’s not directed at me. Ditto going to Target, or even to the library.
I enjoy the company of my family and friends, but I need a good amount of alone time. I might run out and make a couple of fun stops just for me, but I will spend the rest of the day at home, alone, in silence. Maybe I’ll read by the fireplace. I’m sure I’ll spend a good amount of time on the computer. I have a couple of gift certificates to spend, so maybe I’ll do some online shopping.
But I refuse to go to Walmart. I will not do chores or projects. I might plan them, but I will leave the doing for tomorrow.
Because today, I am alone. And I love it.
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