By Tracy M
The other day my son climbed up in my lap, grabbed my cheeks, and looked earnestly into my eyes… “Mama, when do you have a day-off like Daddy does?”
Hmmmm. Good question, darling son. When do mama’s get a day off? When do we get a break, get to lie on the couch all day at watch
football the Food Network? When do mama’s get that recharge time we all so desperately need?
There are some women who are very good about taking time for themselves, making sure their own “oxygen masks” are on securely before trying to take care of others. But most of us do not. Mothering is not a job, it is a lifetime, and one we have all embraced lovingly, with open arms. But it never stops- even with the very best of husbands and home situations; mothers are never “off”. No matter how great my husband is, our children don’t want him at 2:17 a.m. when they’ve had a bad dream.
My son’s question started me thinking. I have been a mother for five years now, and I have never spent a night away from my children- and I didn’t even realize that until I sat down and thought about it. When I mentioned this to my husband, who has had many a week at home while I was out-of-state visiting family with our kids, he paused for a moment and thought…
“Well, honey, you spent the nights in the hospital when you were having the next baby. That counts, right?”
My husband is sleeping on the couch for a few days.
On a more serious note, ladies, how do you make time for yourselves? How do you carve out that niche in your “clean well-lighted place” to nourish your soul? What is it you do, just for you, that helps you still be yourself, and not just “Mama”?
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