Letting go can be a good thing, when we’re talking about breaking down fears or barriers that keep us from growing and learning. Letting go can mean granting forgiveness and burying a grudge. As I’ve gotten older, it’s easier to let go of society’s expectations.
Basically, letting go is freedom.
Since Christmas, I have been exercising the freedom to let myself go (that’s about the only exercise I’ve gotten, except for the 4.5 mile hike my husband tried to kill took me on over the weekend.) This type of letting go is what interventions are made of. ..if I’d bother to get up and let my loved ones in. Good thing my kids aren’t here to see it 🙂
My kids have only been home for one night since Christmas because they are living it up at their grandparents’ houses. The impact of our temporarily childless state is most evident when it comes to meals. Here’s a conversation we had one night last week:
Me: What do you want for dinner tonight?
Hubby: Whatever you want to fix.
Me: I don’t want to make anything.
Hubby: How about peanut butter and jelly?
Me: Too complicated.
Hubby: How about nothing?
Me: Sounds good.
We’ve been raising our children with the idea that they need us to survive. Now we realize that we need our kids. It seems without them, we are inclined to do little more than sleep – and chow down on snacks before bed. We’ve turned into hypcrites (“no, you can’t have snacks unless you finish your dinner.”) But the kids don’t need to know, do they?
There are pros and cons to our children’s absence:
- I can sleep in until whenever I want on weekends and days off
- I have not sat through one kiddie TV show for over a week
- I can have uninterrupted phone calls
- The kids’ bathroom is still clean
- Pajamas are my new uniform
- I miss them (after they get home and start fighting, I’m likely to forget this)
- It’s way too quiet
- I eat better when they’re here (ever try to sneak a brownie with a kid in the house? Nearly impossible.)
- The cats are lonely (it’s hard to type a blog post with a cat in your face)
5. The trash and recycle bin need taken outside
Is anyone else feeling lazy, or is it just me?