I would like to be selfish.
I want to sleep in till seven…or eight. I want to sit in peace and quiet and sip my coffee.
I want to figure out where to begin my day…do I put on yoga pants and take a class, or go for a long walk?
I want to say no to the class, and get myself dolled up and go shopping and get my nails done if I so choose.
Or maybe take out my painting clothes, and go get dirty out back and be creative on a piece of furniture.
I want to be selfish.
I want to not worry about making lunches or what’s for dinner, or laundry that needs to be done and folded and put away.
I want to not worry about dusting or vacuuming or dirty bathrooms.
I want to not worry who has what activity after school and how I will pick everyone up on time.
I want to not worry about college kids that need supplies packed up, rides back to campus, and more spending money.
I want to not worry about late night phone calls or texts from a homesick college student who misses us desperately.
I want to not wake up ten times during the night by little ones coming in to sleep in my bed, then kicking me through the night.
Well, I am allowed to be selfish…today.
I have been granted that wish today…
My Mother-in-law has come to my aid.
I have another week of 24/7 parenting until my husband returns home. I am told to go do whatever I want…all day. And yet I have no clue what to do with myself…and no desire to be that jerk I talk about above…my selfish lists are thoughts tucked away in my brain of all these little things that annoy me on a daily basis-that make me want to be this obnoxious uncaring person. They are just wishful thinking when I cannot deal for another second with countless lists of mundane tasks day in and day out.
I know others have it way worse, but I am an overwhelmed mother of five sick kids with pneumonia-all healed or healing, with countless doctor visits, and charts of who gets what medicine/breathing treatments and how and when I can get everyone back to school and activities and healthy again…on top of the meals and laundry and dishes…I am officially overwhelmed.
So I am being selfish today for a little bit.
I will take these few hours to vent on this blog, and go wander aimlessly around a store, and maybe even buy something for myself…but that’s about it.
I have definitely lost myself in life and all that goes with it. I crave knowledge and being creative again.
But I don’t really and truly want to be that selfish woman. I will never be that woman…other than the one who puts on her painting clothes and goes out back with paint and sander in hand. Or write a blog about everyday boring life events…that is me.
My time will come someday soon to have all day to do whatever I want, and the kids won’t need me as much and there will be fewer messes to clean…so I will take these few hours today to be a little selfish, to reflect on my tough days to appreciate the good ones, and remember how precious these days are with my growing family, as overwhelming as they can be…
This is my life.
I will be selfish…just for today.