Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Time for Mom

Crunchy Momma and I recently had a conversation about the need for alone time. We both need it. I, for one, have been enjoying my daily walks alone. I find them refreshing, mind clearing, and physically invigorating. I am very fortunate. Anna is 15, Nathan is 12. I can leave the house knowing that they can watch everyone else for a short time. Crunchy Momma, unfortunately cannot until her Prince Charming comes home. But, she will get there too.

Funny thing is, we had this same conversation years ago. Neither of us understood someone needing some time alone. Prayer time was alone, what more could someone need? We would both get really annoyed when people would proclaim that we "need to get a sitter" after they found out neither of us had much alone time. We just didn't need it. I also remember being a bit judgemental of those who did.

And, looking back, we still don't think we needed it then. It's not like our eyes were opened to something we were missing. We just changed, both of us. It doesn't matter how many kids you have, whether you home school or not, or how many things you have juggling on your plate.
People are different, circumstances are different, etc.

Needing time alone is not a weakness, not needing it is not a strength. What's important is that we realize and accept what we need, without worrying about what other people think.

Awhile back, Crunchy Momma wrote an excellent post on mom's night out (sure, she thinks of those things AFTER moving 1000+ miles away from me!)

1 comment:

Crunchy Momma said...

Very well said. Isn't it amazing how much things change?