By Melissa Ford
The other weekend, my 20-year-old daughter was home from college. As a special treat, we opted to spend a day in the city, starting first with breakfast at Manny’s. Fully sated, we exited the restaurant making our way towards the parking lot at the back of the building when a woman came barreling around the corner, wide eyed and frantic - practically running us over.
She pulled up short, gulping great lungfuls of air. “Oh, I’m so sorry. Are you both ok?” she apologized between gasps. “I just had to get away from my family. My kids and husband are driving me crazy!” she laughed. Just at that moment, two middle-school-age girls sprinted around the building yelling, “Hey, wait for us, Mom!”
My daughter and I stared at the comical scene and burst into laughter. The run-away mom smiled, shrugging her shoulders, “Well, at least I tried. Better luck next time.” Continuing to smile, she linked arms with her daughters and walked towards the restaurant.
I confess. There were many times when I felt like running away, but speed was not my forte; instead, I resorted to deal-making.
I remember one memorable weekend when my husband agreed to take the kids and the dog to visit his parents. I was left with the fish, parakeets, guinea pigs and a couple of thirsty plants, but it didn’t matter. I was giddy! No girls’ night out or shopping extravaganzas for this lucky lady. I was compelled to clean. . .
Three hours later, the house was spotless. Walking from room to room, I surveyed the order and cleanliness and quiet. Words could not describe my delight at being home alone.
Remember: Take time out from your family! You’ll feel rejuvenated and your family will love you even more upon your return (or theirs).
Have you ever given yourself this treat? Do you schedule time away from your family for a day or weekend? Share some of your creative ways of taking time for yourself!