I had a little giggle the other day when I saw a young Mum post on Facebook that her littlest one was going to school for the first time today and she wanted ideas about what to do with her day off.
She explained her husband would be at work, she didn’t have to be in her store because she is closed on Monday and the youngest of her children would be in school for the first time.
The giggle I had was because I knew she really didn’t have the day off. She actually only has seven hours of the day off and even then she won’t be able to go anywhere without her cell phone in case someone needs her.
She, like many other young working women who are raising children, doesn’t get much time to herself. Because of the ages of her children she likely hasn’t had a day off since her oldest was born which means she has been working 24/7 for about 9 years without a break. Murder sentences are shorter than that and you get to watch TV and don’t have to cook in jail.
My sympathy went to her because I remember the feeling well. I will never forget the first time I had a day to myself. I was at a complete loss for things to do and after I tried reading for about 20 minutes I gave up and did housework. Because I was a single Mum for many years I never took any time away from them after my husband left and I went on a two-day vacation when the oldest was 16. I thought I’d go out of my mind the first day I was away.
The responses this young woman got were great. Some were of the personal care variety. They suggested things like reading a book, having a “loooong”bath,going back to bed, going for a manicure, a pedicure or a massage. Some ideas got her out in nature to go for a walk or to the museum. Others were a little more adventurous. One suggested zip line and another the trampoline park. My suggestions was to just breathe.
I have no idea what she is doing today but I hope she didn’t give in a do housework or bookwork for her business.
Hats off to all the Mums in the world who are taking their first “day off” today even though it’s only for 7 hours. May you figure out how to care for yourself and enjoy the fleeting moments of freedom you will be able to give even more of yourself and love your families better because of that time.