My school district participates in a professional development program called Teachers As Scholars. It’s a wonderful experience: classes are taught by college professors and we spend two full-day sessions learning, discussing and interacting with colleagues from around the state. I’ve taken a class on the Odyssey in the past, while this year my class is about Integrating LGBTQI literature into classrooms.
The program began at 9 a.m. I dropped E off at the daycare at school, and found myself with ONE WHOLE HOUR before the seminar started.
I have not had an entire hour to myself, without my child, that I have not had to pay a babysitter for since he was born.
Glancing at my watch, I inhaled and exhaled with the deepest sense of gratitude and glee, then ambled over to a Panera in Harvard Square, ordered a coffee and some toast, then went upstairs. There, I sat at a corner table and did…
absolutely nothing… It was the most magnificent nothing I have ever enjoyed.
Then, just in case I find myself with another whole hour of my own time between now and when he leaves for college, I’ve made a list of what I can do–or not do–to reconnect with myself. I will reference this list in case I forget what to do with myself. In no particular order:
- Sit upstairs in the Harvard Square Panera or Starbucks and look out the window
- Take a walk
- Write some letters or notes to people I miss (stow a few cards in the back of your Moleskine)
- Go to CVS and read ALL the trashy magazines
- If you must use your phone, read short articles (try Brain Pickings)
- Creama cafe: coffee and a chocolate chip cookie
- Ice cream. Always ice cream.
- Take 5 deep breaths, then close your eyes and take 5 more
- Listen to The Read (don’t forget your headphones)
- Dream of your condo kitchen: Pinterest some ideas, go down the Pinterest rabbit hole
- Visit some of your favorite blogs: Abundant Mama, Momastery, Hands Free Mama, Stacy L. Brown, A Design So Vast, Dina Reilles
- Put some good lotion on your hands. Rub it in slowly
- Make some more lists (fun places you want to visit with E; words that start with the letter E; indulgences after buying a condo)
- Dream of the baby book: having someone else do it for me
- Work on my eBook
- Dream a bit about the future…
One wonderful hour. All mine.