My husband took our girls, ages six and eight, to
visit his parents in Pennsylvania for three days and left me at
home, by myself.
It. Was. Awesome.
I'm no martyr, but this chunk of me-time was so big
and so delicious. It was the chocolate wedding cake that dwarfed
all those previous two-bite cupcake moments, the 90-minute
mani-pedi at a local salon, the king-sized hotel bed I sprawl
across when traveling for work and the occasional girls night out
with my friends.
I had a substantial to-do list related to our
upcoming move and for Halloween. I'd promised the kids our
decorations would go up the minute our house went under contract.
I'd volunteered to babysit a friend's children during one of my two
family-free evenings and I needed to attend a synagogue committee
meeting on the way to my afternoon massage. Plus, I needed to
squeeze in a trip to Whole Foods to buy wine and cheese for my
girlfriends, who were coming over to play Cards Against Humanity on
I wasn't bored, but I felt like I had so much time
(and so little interruption). It was an embarrassment of riches. It
was better than a vacation. It was a vacation from real
And, oh, the luxury of peace and quiet! No one
needed to tell me something or show me anything. No one asked me a
question. No one commented on my meals, my questionable taste in TV
shows or the fact that my car radio was playing "This American
Life" and nothing else.
Yet, all good things must come to an
By Monday evening, I was full-on missing my husband
and kids. Absence makes the heart grow fonder and all
But a word of advice to fellow parents, if your
spouse ever suggests a weekend away with the family, you might want
to say, "Honey, you go. Take the kids and have fun. I'll stay home
and clean the house."
Alma Klein has been blogging since 2006. She works full-time as a creative director at a shopper marketing agency in Chicago and lives in the practically-perfect village of Oak Park with her husband Josh and elementary school-aged daughters.
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