Wednesday, 15 June 2011

What a difference a day makes

Image from here*
The family were all still sick yesterday, and the rain still poured down, but I got a spring back in my step.

The Geege did the honours and stayed home with the kids and recuperated, while I skipped out to work.

I hated the thought of leaving them all with their snotty noses, separation anxiety and barking coughs, but I was more than a little delighted to have a bit of space. Some fresh air. Some happy company.

I walked to the train station at the crack of dawn with my winter coat and boots on, hovering under an umbrella. Usually I would feel despondent about the weather. But I didn't yesterday.

I checked in regularly with Team Four, while I worked my way through my to-do list. I was productive and efficient. They were in capable hands and I had a different role to play that day.

I splurged on a store-bought lunch instead of the usual home-packed one. Just 'cause. And in the afternoon, when the Geege called to inquire about our plans for dinner, I talked him through a recipe from the available food in the house (and arrived home to a cooked meal, a nice bonus).

I took my time walking back to the train station at the end of the day (instead of the crazy rush that I usually have at that time of day). Savouring the last moments of my 'me time'.

I got excited as I rounded the corner into our street.

They were all there to greet me and I relished their cuddles and kisses and stories of the day. They had been warm and dry and loved all day long. I had the space that I so desperately craved yesterday and returned to the family with a breath of fresh air and a dash of patience.

Just what the doctor ordered.

Do you find that going out to work is sometimes just the medicine you need to get yourself back on track as a parent?

* This image is so far removed from the dreary weather that we are experiencing that I couldn't go past it! A breath of fresh air indeed. How wonderful would it be to be sitting on that bike looking out at the ocean? Bliss!


Cate said...

nothing makes me appreciate my kiddos more, or want to sqeezey-hug them more, than a day away at work. So great for getting some space and remembering just why I love their squishy little faces so much!
Glad to you had such a good day :-)

1000 Homes of Happiness said...

A lovely spring in your step.

I love going to work two days a week. It is my 'me' time, where I refresh and have the ability to eat a sit down lunch...with adults. hehe. Gorgeous image above. You have me craving a summer dress and some sand between my toes.

xx Glad to hear little ones may be on the mend.

A Farmer's Wife said...

I work two days a week and love it.

Coming home to a cooked dinner must have been so lovely!

Suzi said...

Oh absolutely! I only work one day at the moment but I really do enjoy it, it breaks up the mundane and helps me appreciate the kids more.

Jodie Ansted said...

Tuesday is my day. All 3 boys are at school/daycare, and I find by the end of the day, I feel better and able to cope with it all better. Having a break is awesome!

You sound happy. Glad you enjoyed your day. ;)

DancingInTheRain said...

For sure! Glad things are looking a bit brighter in your neck of the woods.

Mama of 2 boys said...

Wow, this is an inspiring post and yet again, has made me feel a little better about my situation. I'm back at work part time in a month. 95% of me is dreading leaving my babies, but there is 5% that tells me it won't be all bad... and it's probably for the reasons you mention here. Just a teeny bit of space, to reinvigorate my passion as a Mama and wife. Some time to be a little bit independent. And of course to fall in love with them over again when I pick them up in the arvo. So glad you're week is picking up :o) xo

Mum on the Run said...

When we're ready to leave the nest for a little spell and fly solo it is so invigorating.
Since returning to work part time I no longer feel that the weekdays are on slow mo (fast forward, sometimes!) and groundhog day is no more.
I love my time with my little man and make the most of it.
The initial adjustment is a challenge for most families - but the payoff (financial & emotional) are worth presevering.
So glad you feel refreshed.

Life In A Pink Fibro said...

Hooray! So glad things are on the up and up.

Megan Blandford said...

You make work sound very, very appealing! Glad it was a good day :)

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