Every year around this time I have the good fortune of having a couple of weeks off work. The organization I work for shuts down between Christmas and New Year’s. I let my vacation time build and I take days off before Christmas and/or after New Year’s so that I can have a full 2 weeks off of work to spend with my family. It’s especially nice now that I have kids in school. I get to spend extra time with them while their home.
I sit here now with 4 days remaining of my vacation. I’ve enjoyed being home with my boys but I’m starting to get that itch to go back to work. I am on my boy’s nerves and they are on mine. They are also on each others.
I give a shout out to all of you who do this every single day. You are my heroes!
Let me start by saying I don’t know how you get a damn thing done! I am incredibly lazy when I don’t have structure. There’s no one telling me when the dishes/laundry/grocery shopping/etc. needs to be done so I don’t do it for several days. I even have to remind myself to take a shower! Add to it that I have 2 lovely little creatures under my feet undoing every single thing I do!
I wonder when you find “you” time. I put my boys and my honey in bed around 8pm everyday so I get some alone time between then and whenever my eyes are finally drifting so closed that I can no longer focus on the computer or tv. In my work career, my “me” time is when I go to work. That’s when I get to be the part of me that’s NOT a mommy. When do you get that time? Without that I’m not sure I could survive!
I have always had respect for the SAHM. I am sometimes jealous of your ability to be a caregiver to your children 24/7. I certainly recognize that you work harder during that 24/7 than I could ever dream of working in my 8 hours a day/5 days a week. Over the course of the past 12 days I have been reminded of how truly amazing your job is and how incredibly difficult it is.
You are amazing people!!! I have no award, no honors to bestow. Just know that I send each of you the biggest ocean wave hug and the utmost respect.