It was about 5:30 pm last Friday and I was sitting at my kitchen table. I was exhausted beyond words. It was a long day with the kids…
Spit up from earlier in the morning had dried to a repulsive orange color on my t-shirt and my son was asking me for the fiftieth time to play Memory. My hair was a complete greasy mess and I didn’t even have time to put on a respectable amount of make-up. You know the kind of day I’m describing…unfortunately, we know this all too well.
My plan for the evening was to meet my friend Vanessa who I haven’t seen in months. She has a little boy herself and we were looking forward to getting out of the house for some adult conversation and a glass of wine…or two…or three.
So this was my one hour of planned ‘Time Out for Theta Mom Thursday.’ The time would be spent away from the kids and I seriously could not wait! The thought of not having to deal with sippy cups, diapers and spit up for a few hours is always a luxury. But when she phoned me that evening, I felt so disgusting and distressed from the day that I almost bailed on her…You know the deal. I know you’ve been there before. I honestly told her how I felt. She had a long day herself, but after talking about it over the phone, she gave me a huge pep talk that I so desperately needed.
Did you ever make plans to go out, but right around the time you should be getting ready for the evening, you don’t even feel like getting ready? After such a L-O-N-G day with the kids, the “getting ready” part seems like one more thing to do on the endless list…
Needless to say, after we hung up I moved away from the kitchen table, went upstairs and got my groove on. I showered, dressed, threw on a cute outfit with jewelry (which I haven’t worn in ages), fixed my hair and carefully applied my make-up. I felt absolutely fantastic (especially when I wasn’t wearing spit up) and I was so glad she gave me that push to go…we all need that from time to time.
We went to a great little restaurant in the center of town and ended up having dinner outside because the weather was so gorgeous. We just talked and laughed for hours. Great company, great food, and great wine…it was a wonderful way to spend my ‘Time Out!’ I so needed that!