My only little guy, Matthew, just spent the day at a local waterpark with his favorite buddy. A day full of sun, Cheetos, Coke, water slides, and diving boards. A great day just to be a 9-year-old kid on a beautiful Michigan summer day.
After his afternoon of little boy bliss, Matt walks in, asks for yet another snack and wants to watch his favorite show, Mythbusters. As he’s heading downstairs he stops and says to me, “Mom, I love having some alone time.” Ah, that’s my boy. He speaks my soul language. As an introvert, I need time alone in my day or I cannot function to my fullest capacity. It has taken me years to really accept this and to carve out the time.
As mothers, alone time should be listed in the mothering manual as a requirement. Time to let your mind be still for a bit. Time to breathe without the demands of laundry and dishes. Time to just be.
It is in this time of quiet that gratitude and peace are found. It’s so easy to miss the tiny blessings of this season if you can’t slow down for a few moments to cherish them.
Women need solitude in order to find again the true essence of themselves. -Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Time alone is very hard to carve out in these mothering years- especially with very little ones where the demands are great and quiet time is at a minimum. Please hear me here though- don’t deny yourself silence and a little space.
I encourage you to find some space to be alone, even if only for a few moments. Find a place to quiet your soul for a bit and just breathe. It’s one gift your heart needs right now. Be generous and kind. To yourself. Your kids and husband need that from you more than clean laundry.
What is one thing you will do to find a few moments of solitude today?