I’m Grateful for…solitude
As I write this I am sitting at my computer, red wine beside me, the TV on (50 First Dates is murmuring away quietly in the background) and the kids tucked up soundly in bed. My husband is enjoying some rare time outside the family home and I am enjoying the solitude.
Now, I don’t wish for this all the time. In fact, for a long time I dreaded his nights away. I didn’t know what to do with myself. I was intimidated by the thought of wrangling my kids ALL BY MYSELF and I felt lonely. I used to need noise, crave activity and want the comfort of company.
After three children, four days a week at work, the stress and strain of getting five different family members off to their respective after school activities (yes, that includes me and my husband!) and the daily grind of household chores, I have come to cherish these rare times of solitude.
I can blog without guilt. I can drink wine and feel warm and merry and relaxed. I can watch sappy movies and listen to daggy 90’s music to my heart’s content.
For a little while I am the master of my world and answer to no-one (until one of the cherubs awakes and I fly back into mum-mode, of course!)
But mostly, I enjoy the quiet and the solitude.
And for that, I am truly grateful.
Much gratitude to the wonderful Maxabella Loves for hosting the weekly I’m Grateful meme. Go on over and check all the other posts, you’ll be grateful that you did!