I find myself enjoying the company of my childless friends. They have such fun and interesting weekends. They go skiing, out for dinner and drinks. They seem to relax on Sunday, have a leisurely breakfast, and enjoy reading the paper with their partner. They really do go places and experience things that are very, very far out of my reach (usually because my reach is spent at Dicks or Target or the grocery store).
Let me honest here – for moms, weekends are a joke. It’s not like you’re sleeping in or spending hours at the gym just because it’s the weekend. In reality, you are trying to get 10,000 things done, play or be with your child, drive them all over town, do the laundry, grocery shop, errands and get it all done before you have to go back to “work” on Monday. Actually, I’m thinking that the work/life balance thing might be a farce.
So, when I am asked the question, “What did you do this weekend,”I want to cringe. Am I’m supposed to say something interesting, sexy, or fascinating? Can I really be honest about the fact that french toast pieces are still under the kitchen table or that the laundry is still in mounds (while maybe done) in the living room needing to be sorted? Or, that I barely got in a shower before someone was knocking on the door needing something???
While I do make sure I work out both days (just to survive the rest of the weekend), I spend most of my weekends in defensive mode. Doing a million things just to catch up – something that never actually happens in my house!
So, next time someone asks me what I did on the weekend, I’m going to smile and say “Nothing really. It was so relaxing. My kids did the laundry, the dishes and all the cooking. And, my daughter did all the driving for the entire family. So, I mostly sat around all weekend, read, ate and slept.” Isn’t that what every mom does on the weekend?
Have a great start to the restful part of your week! 🙂