Not a single person expects of us what we expect of ourselves.
I think we would find that if we step back even for a moment, there would be others there who would help. They may not do things like we would want them, but they would get done.
Our kids would still be happy.
Some simple alone time would not come back to haunt us years from now.
Shaking a kid off your pant leg to go to the bathroom in peace is not a criminal offense.
Grocery shopping alone won't get you uninvited from their wedding.
A girl's night is not something that should make you feel like a failure as a mother.
Or a wife.
Having something just for us makes us more content, even happy people.
I do this to myself too.
I had the opportunity to enjoy a ladie's night at a friend's house on Saturday night. I know that the Twilight movie itself does nothing for me, but the fun and laughter may have worked wonders.
Last minute I felt bad and went to join Leon and our girls and Devyn at a movie.
I don't regret that so much as just wish I maybe could have done both.
I have to remember that my whole family, including myself, will benefit from a relaxed, rejuvenated mom/wife.
This, hopefully, will serve as a reminder to my friends and family who read this to make me choose me-time at the next opportunity. Not to feel badly because my family is fending for themselves for the night.
I do it to myself. I know it.
And admitting it is half the battle, right?
**Sidenote: I did decide at 7:00 that I just needed to be by myself so I took off for Tim Horton's (No, my American friends, that is not a Dr. Suess book, but a coffee shop! lol) with my book and sat and enjoyed a hot chocolate and some quiet reading for 20 minutes. And, surprise of surprises, I came home feeling just a wee bit more like a real, live person.