I remember threatening to run away from home as a young child. I stood at the back door with my bag packed, waiting for my parents to beg me to stay. It never happened. 😕 My dad simply asked me where I thought I was going. I boldly told him I was running away. He politely responded, “Not with that bag. That stuff belongs to us”. I was crushed as my elaborate plan was thwarted. So, I just left out defeated. I walked to the top of my street, sat atop the neighborhood sign for a good 10-15 minutes and headed back home once I realized no one was frantically searching for me. [Note to self: When you run away, run far enough to not be seen from your home’s living room window.]
Am I the only mom who has felt like running away on occasion? Am I the only mom who has felt like going missing with no way to be reached? I feel this way sometimes and I feel bad about it, but I just need a moment where no one is calling my name, asking for something, requiring my assistance or needing my undivided attention. No work phone calls, emails or urgent deadlines. I really just need some regularly scheduled ME time! And, being in the shower or on the toilet (I know…TMI) doesn’t count.
Kid Flash put it so eloquently a while back: He was using the bathroom and was taking much longer than was necessary. I kept checking on him to make sure he was okay. Finally, I yelled, “What are you doing?” His response, “Having some peace, with nobody yelling at me!” Really? At 6 years old you need some peace? I wanted to yell back, “Welcome to my world!”
Does anybody know where I can find some Calgon…to take me away? (Yeah, I know I just dated myself.) I just need 3 days to unapologetically unplug and unwind. I need to be refreshed, re-energized and renewed. I enjoy my job…most days. And, I love my family dearly and don’t know what I would do without them. But, I think I could figure something out for 3 days.
So, let me hear ya mamas! Who wants to run away with me? But remember, unlike these notorious “runaway moms,” we’re coming back home.
Until next time-
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord , “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:1-2 NIV)
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