Peace! I’m Out

Working  Mom Needs a Break

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.

Working Mom needs coffee

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)

God’s best-


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