OMG Go Away for Five Minutes!!!

15 Sep

I have a confession to make.

I wanted to shower by myself last night.

I know this is a TERRIBLE mommy thing to do, but I insist on showering by myself. No one is allowed in the bathroom – not even the significant other. First of all, I get annoyed with that sort of “fun”. Second of all, I want that sacred five minutes to be by myself. It’s the only time I get to spend by myself. When the kids were younger, as long as someone else was home, I used to lock the door. I’m pretty serious about this.

Last night, though, I hadn’t locked the door because the kids are older. I figure they will leave me alone for a couple minutes while I shower. They’re nine and ten and can occupy themselves, right?

Well, maybe not always. I got in the shower after being on my feet for twelve straight hours on a Saturday – that’s a long story. I was standing there, hoping the steam would clean out my clogged sinuses a little. Before I knew it, there was a knock on the door and an insistent, “Mommy!!!”

Of course. I ignored it four times before the door banged open. My good thoughts washed down the drain. I physically drooped as I decided how to handle it. I poked my head out of the curtain and gave her a very tired version of, “What????”

She stood there and looked at me, all nine and sweetly innocent. She was deciding whether to stay or go while I was deciding how to ask her to leave.

Then suddenly something changed. I realized I wanted her to stay. I wanted her company and I wanted to hear what she had to say. I wanted to relax, but I wanted to do it with her. I asked her to come in, sit down and talk to me.

Eventually, she made me laugh. I could have stood there in silence and let the water bring me peace. Instead, I let my daughter into my private solace and her imagination brought me joy. Which is better? Leave your opinion below!!!!


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