Tuesday, October 23, 2012

sols: just a day

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just a day

ever have that feeling
when you just
want a break --
from everything?

a mental health
sort-of-a-day.
i'm tired,
just oh-so-tired.

between home
and school
between little ones
and bigger ones

oh, and cleaning and
groceries and
laundry and
-- and -- and --

but to think of a day
to wake up
with no to-dos
and no place to go

nothing but me-time.
to breath and smile --
and miss everything
about my crazy, busy life.





16 comments:

  1. Ahhhh. Deep breathe. Close your eyes for a minute. Relax. Smile. Okay, now on to your busy schedule. Hopefully this weekend you'll get a few moments to yourself. I like your last line - because you really would miss it all.

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  2. Well, yes, I want those days often, & maybe someday? It is something to think about, but then again, I'm not sure I would trade my life for a less busy one-what a dilemma. Maybe just an hour would do? Love that you got the essence down so well, Michelle.

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  3. I read your first lines and thought you were speaking about me.
    Balance would be welcome. Too much of busy and tired could break a person. I can hear what you are saying. I don't know what would I do or who would I be if I wasn't a teacher or didn't have my family.

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  4. You have a rich life that is overflowing some days. You have to find that space where there is a little me-time. Keep looking, it will be there.

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  5. Years ago, before I married my husband, I recall watching the Travel Channel. There was a special on that featured a woman who checked into a hotel in Manhattan once a year to get a good night's rest (and to free herself from all obligations). I believe this was the place: http://www.thebenjamin.com/PillowMenu.aspx. Perhaps a solo weekend trip to NYC is in order for you!

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  6. I love Stacey's idea! Every woman needs some alone time. Try to carve out time in your week. For me, it's every Sunday night from 7 to 8 oclock. It's my hot bath and a good book time. I have scheduled this time for myself since my sons were little ones like yours. I figured even my husband could handle two little boys for an hour. And he did. I'd lock the bathroom door and soak away. To this day, that time is mine. I don't take phone calls. I don't let anyone in. No one talks through the door. Nothing interrupts me. It refreshes me and gets me ready for my week.

    I don't know what you can schedule for yourself, but I bet there is something. An added benefit is the time your husband gets to spend with the girls without mom around to spoil the fun!

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  7. WOW, I love the ideas shared for making "personal time" happen in the real world of working moms. I can't say I did a "bang up job" of giving myself personal time, but I used to get up EARLY on Sunday morning in theory to go to the basement to iron; however, the reality was that the ironing was NEVER caught up and I would use the time to read, go for a walk and think. I figured I needed THAT more than I needed the 6-7 AM sleeping on Sunday morning.
    Now that my house is quieter, there are new stressors (aging parents) that have replaced the working mom stressors and so I still get up early on Sundays most days to read, write, or reflect.
    The reality of waiting to get away for even a night away once a year is not really enough for me, so a weekly shot of "me time" reading blogs, writing posts, thinking about my life and trying to make sense from the business seems to work.
    I used to tell my children that sometimes we all need some "veg" time on the couch with junk TV or a trashy novel. Finding time to do that as a mom is hard if not impossible so any place you can "escape" to, even if it is the dark confines of your basement, might help a bit!

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  8. Those two last lines are just perfect. They are the most telling in all of this. They are the reason you are oh-so-tired...because it all matters to you. There is nothing wrong with reminding yourself that you matter too, though!

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  9. Sometimes in the summer when school is out I have the feeling that I miss everything about my crazy, busy life. That is why I take grad classes so I can avoid those thoughts.

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  10. Sometimes in the summer when school is out I have the feeling that I miss everything about my crazy, busy life. That is why I take grad classes so I can avoid those thoughts.

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  11. Nope no way never wish or want that in a million years...because about the time you do... they leave for college. Such a great poem. You are blessed and a blessing:)
    Tammy
    First Grade @ Storybook Cafe
    dtklinger@gmail.com

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  12. This is me! Yes, yes, yes- you described it perfectly-! This is exactly what happens, although, the days of me time rarely exist these days!

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  13. You can say so much with a few words. A nice slice of quiet.
    Hoping you find time to rest this weekend.

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  14. I always love your poetry. You capture life so well. I especially loved the twist of the last two lines, knowing that it is so true.

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  15. So glad I'm still making the Slice rounds and found this poem! My whole family is like this. We go, go, go... and then we need a day to just collapse or we turn into raving lunatics. It's not a pretty sight :)

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts.