Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Home Alone {SOL 5-19-15}

My husband and two children were on a band trip to Ohio this past weekend, leaving me home alone to take care of our two dogs.

Home alone.

Alone.

Since becoming a wife and mom, how often is it that I find myself in complete 'aloneness'?

The silence in the house was both sweet and deafening at the same time.  I could actually hear myself think.  But I also missed hearing my kids share a funny story from their day or one of my husband's jokes.

Meal time was interesting.  Not wanting to cook just for myself and not wanting to go out alone, I settled on ordering carry out on Saturday night and ate it on the deck in the company of my two dogs and the barn swallows that flew overhead.

I cleaned the house on Saturday morning....and it actually stayed clean for once.  I didn't have to remind anyone to remove their books from the kitchen table or to put their dishes in the dishwasher.

I fell asleep in the deck chair at 7:00 on Saturday night.  I awoke to the ring of my cell phone at 9:00.  It was my daughter, checking in after a long day of playing music and playing at the amusement park they visited after the band competition.  It was good to get her call.

My family returned at 2:00 on Sunday afternoon.  When I went to pick them up at the school, I was early.  I missed them.

7 comments:

  1. You described this feeling perfectly! I love that you arrived early to meet them. So sweet!!! I'm glad they are home.

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  2. You had a little gift both times, Jennifer, the alone time that was good to savor, then the homecoming celebration. Nice to hear!

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  3. I loved how you described the silence as "both sweet and deafening." Thank you for sharing:)

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  4. An occasional bit of alone time is never a bad thing. It makes you appreciate the together time so much more. Sounds like you had a lovely weekend.

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  5. The rare moments I've had alone since becoming a mom always paralyze me at first. Frozen in indecision. Do I clean up? Read a book? Take a nap? What does one do when they're alone?

    Glad you enjoyed your time.

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  6. We all need alone time, don't we. But it's nice when they get back, because we do miss them.

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  7. I am never alone. Our days/nights are filled to the brim, but I agree that while it is exhausting it is also a joy. We try to remind ourselves that we are living the dream ….and we will be board in 5 years. Thanks for sharing
    Clare

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