It’s been a long, cold, almost three weeks since Winter Break started.
Long and cold being fairly equal.
Unlike Summer, where one can escape from the ruckus by heading outside…or back indoors, depending on where there is less of a crowd, this cold winter kept us locked up. Confined. Together.
And our house got really, really small.
There was nowhere to go to find quiet.
Even the bathrooms didn’t keep the noise out.
By the time school was SCHEDULED to start again, despite the collective groans of the children, I think we were all ready to have some separation.
Well yeah, as you all know, that didn’t happen.
5 freaking snow days IN A ROW.
Polar Vortex. That’s what happened.
Propelling us into the longest 3 week Winter Break. Ever.
By yesterday, I was trying really hard not to stab anyone with the nearest pointy thing.
It was not easy.
I’m sure the other members of this family felt the same way.
Sure, family time is great.
I adore my kids and husband.
But after awhile?
Shut. The. Front. Door.
With all of you on the other side.
This mommy needs a few hours of peace and quiet.
I need to concentrate, which is hard enough for me as it is.
Damn that ADD.
Even on Concerta it can still be hard to concentrate when there are all sorts of voices speaking at the same time.
And then add the ones in my head?
It’s a mess.
Is it so wrong to want everyone to not be here, just for a few hours a day?
I don’t think it is.
Consider me selfish and wrong, I don’t care.
I’m happy to see everyone when they get home.
I’m happy to see everyone head out the front door.
It’s an equal opportunity sort of thing.
I like my ‘me’ time.
Haven’t had any since October and I was rather looking forward to having a bit before I found another job.
Yep, I’m a horrible person.
I’m okay with that.
I did one of those Happy Dances when I knew school wouldn’t be cancelled for today.
I sang at the top of my lungs on the way home from dropping youngest off AT SCHOOL this morning.
I drank coffee…by myself. In the kitchen.
I talked on the phone.
I did some work.
I can work on my book.
Oh, and my blog.
With NO interruptions or distractions.
And, if wanting alone time, if only a few hours a day, five days a week, is wrong?
I’m letting out a little sigh of relief.
And so is my messy house.
We’re very content right now, just me and my quiet house.
Until 2:45 today, when the noise comes back.
But, I’ll be refreshed and ready to scream at them to shut up…er…to find out about their day. Problem solve. Help with homework…except for math because I don’t do math.
It’s all good.