The other day my hubby took the kids up to spend half the day with his parents. I decided to stay home and try to get stuff done, and uninterrupted, to boot. Before they left, my hubby said to me,
"Make sure you do something you enjoy while we're gone. Don't spend the whole time cleaning."
Oooohhh...did you catch that? A direct order to do something I enjoyed while I had some time. A "no-guilt," free pass to do something fun and luxurious!!! Well, I don't know about the luxurious part. But still...
Problem was, I really, really needed to do a lot of work around the house. Drat. And, I had plans for the evening, so I really didn't have all that much time to take advantage of this awesome offer.
But what if I did?.......
What if I had a whole, entire DAY to do whatever I wanted? WHATEVER I wanted?? A day to spend on myself. What would I do? What would you do?
Feel free to dream with me for a moment.
First, of course, I would sleep in. If I did not need to get up and start school or go anywhere pressing, I would most definitely sleep in. And when I woke up, I would stay in bed for a while, just enjoying my warm, comfy covers. I would spend an extra long time enjoying my time with God that day. Nothing sweeter!
If it was warm outside, (and since I am dreaming, I am ordering a warm day) I would go for a nice, long walk, just enjoying the sunshine and birds singing. Back at home, I would sit outside with my breakfast. My children could only join me if they promised not to say MOM a hundred times. I would watch them playing and enjoy their sweet laughter. (What? It happens like that occasionally!)
Next, I would get ready and head out the door, all by myself. I'd start by meeting a friend for a yummy iced coffee somewhere. Then, I would go to some garage sales or thrift stores, or shop some clearance racks. Nothing makes me happier than finding the best deal! (And that is what I did with my little bit of time the other day. I got some fantastic deals. So much stuff for the store price of just one of the items I bought. The joy!)
I would go to the library, or maybe a book store. I could spend as much time as I wanted! Mmmmm....the smell of books. The feel of the pages. None of those new-fangled Kindle-type devices for me.
Then....I would go to a museum! I would go by myself. Alone is best so that I could take as much time as I wanted reading EVERYTHING with no one to hurry me along. I have never been able to do that before!
By now, it might be growing late in the day. I would call my hubby and invite him to go out to eat with me. Some romantic music playing in the car, my choice of restaurant.....something Italian. Maybe a little place downtown I've never been to. Perhaps after dinner we could take a stroll together enjoying the twilight time. We could end the evening with a movie... In my dream I am imagining there is something great playing that is rated G and is not a cartoon. It's a DREAM, remember?
Finally, at home, the kids are already snuggled in their beds, the kitchen has been cleaned, the dishwasher is sweetly humming. I check on my sleeping angels, retrieve one of the books I picked up today, get my soft blanket and a warm cup of tea, and curl up on my couch, reading to my heart's content. It's probably historical fiction, by the way. Or maybe a biography. My favorites. Oh, and how could I forget? I bought some chocolate that day too. I will not worry about indulging in some decadent, creamy goodness while I lose myself in those pages. And isn't it very late by now? Of course! Just the way I like it.
What do you think? I'll let you know if it actually ever happens. ; )