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I’m all alone

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My daughter went away for vacation this week. Yoo hoo! I don’t get time to myself very often. The last time was a year ago, and before that – never.

I was ecstatic. I could finally have my old life back, work on creative projects, and catch up on all my household chores.

It only took me three days, people! Only a few days to catch up on my out-of-control life.

I cleaned house and did all the little things I’d been meaning to do. I replaced a light fixture. Washed out the garbage cans. Changed light bulbs.

I had a chance to make myself beautiful by painting my toenails and whitening my teeth. I got new tires.

I did everything on my creative things-to-do list. My unfulfilled dreams drive me. It took me twenty-four straight hours of hard focused work but I got it done. Deadlines have a way of focusing the mind.

I made biscuits; I drank. I did NOT go to any birthday parties, ball practice, or theater class. No mad rushes to the ice-cream truck.

Can you tell I’m giddy?

I waited for loneliness to creep in, but it never happened.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my daughter dearly and can’t wait to see her again, but I couldn’t escape the reality that in three days, I caught up with all my hopes and dreams.

I’m not missing out on anything by being a parent; I’m only a few days behind. Nothing’s holding me back but my own perception of my life.

I’m the luckiest person on earth. Of course, I won’t feel that way tomorrow when I go back to work.

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  • leilei

    Time away from your spouse isn’t such a bad idea, either. That glorious, glorious alone time! I can’t wait until I get a break!

  • It is nice to have a break from parenting. No matter how much you love your kids, you always need time for yourself.