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.
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.