My new life begins tomorrow. In this new life I will have two days a week, provided no one is sick, all to myself. I can hardly stand it. I will have complete thoughts. I will have lunch out with friends. I will nap when I feel like it, not when I finally get other people to sleep. I will do laundry, clean toilets and try my hand at cooking again. I know, I know. I have such grand plans and it’s really only 14 hours a week. But I hope to pack those 14 hours as best I can. And sometimes I will pack them with me sitting on the couch watching TV.
I will be able to write when I think of something, instead of when I steal a moment. I will start projects I have wanted to start since we moved into this house almost three years ago. I can paint a room if I feel like it. I can get rid of toys that are junky and annoy me. I can take a bubble bath (after I clean the tub) and shave my legs. Such beauty awaits.
I told a friend a few days ago that I hadn’t had a day to myself in almost two years since my son was born. After I thought about it, trying to remember what I did in those blissful days, I realized it has been over four years since I have had a day to myself. Maggie didn’t start school two days a week until two days after Nicholas was born. In those days, before children, I had no idea what “time” was.
So I sit on the precipice of something great. I can volunteer at the Obama headquarters and actually give them a time when I can show up. I could early vote by myself if I wanted to (which I don’t, I want to take Maggie with me so she can begin to understand more of the process.)
I could go shopping for clothes by myself and not have to entertain anyone as I strip down in the dressing room. Not to mention the pedicures…
So tomorrow, on this first of many wonderful days, I will sit down and put on paper my goals for this time alone. I certainly don’t want to squander it. The days will be here in a blink when both of my children are at school five days a week. I will miss them dearly while they are gone. But right now two days sounds pretty perfect to me.