Many of us midlife moms spent years on our own before having families.
We had plenty of time alone, sometimes too much. Did I really spend all those hours sipping cappuccino in cafes?
Now as rare as gold, even the most mundane solo ventures feel memorable.
Below is a brief description of one from two years ago. About to embark again, I’m wondering if I should skip the cheese and baguette this time. Probably not. Some rituals are too sacred to tamper with. . .
Taking a Time-Out
After the mad mommy month of May, it’s finally June and I’m about to make my great escape.
Here’s the plan.
Saturday, after dropping my daughter at camp in North Carolina and exploring the local area enough to say I did it, I will go the Green Market and buy one crusty baguette and a big slab of muenster cheese.
These items are crucial to my plan. I only eat them when I am away alone and can justify them as cheap, French-style, on-the-road eats. I’ll also buy some fruit.
Then I’ll head back to the Hampton Inn. Okay, it’s not the Ritz. But I love the Hampton Inn. Why? Because I love the Hampton Inn’s bedding.
Alone, I’ll bathe, savoring complete and uninterrupted access to the toiletries I fought my daughter for the night before.
After the bath, I’ll put my feet up and pop “It’s Complicated” into my laptop.
For a good two hours, I’ll eat more muenster cheese than I’ve eaten since I dropped my daughter at camp and watched “Frost v. Nixon” a year ago.
I’ll pretend that I have the Meryl Streep character’s gourmet cooking skills. I’ll imagine life in her kitchen, mornings in her sleepwear. I’ll fantasize that I, too, could run a bakery and never get fat.
Will I feel guilty about the cheese and baguette? No.
Alone Again Naturally
For I once visited New York. I went to a conference. I saw a friend. I walked in Central Park.
But what I remember best is the baguette, cheese and incredible olives from Fairway Market that I ate – feet on the table, book in my lap – in the hotel room all by myself.
This is the stuff some mommy memories are made of.
Is there a special time you spend alone as a mom? What do you do? What would you like to do? Please share by commenting below!
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