Thursday, May 11, 2006

What would I do....

....if I could have a day off from my job? I would say the one thing I miss most about my pre-kid days is spontaneity. I remember lazy Saturdays, sleeping until 9 or 10am, getting up to get coffee and a book, then taking them back to bed to enjoy slowly, maybe going back to sleep if I wanted. Then sometime in the early afternoon, going somewhere more than 20 minutes away without packing up the entire house. And once there, taking our time and maybe going out to an early dinner, or catching a movie on a whim. Staying out as late as we wanted without worrying about being responsible the next morning.

Then again, in my pre-kid days, I had to go to work. And as nice as those weekends were, I was never real excited about getting up early, dressing in business attire, dealing with adults that acted like children, and still having to come home and cook and clean. So, it's a trade off, I know. I get to sleep later now, dress however I want, deal with children acting like children, and cook and clean at my own convenience. Plus I get hugs. Not too much of that going on in corporate America.

Maybe when the kids are older we'll get some of that spontaneity back. And then I'll probably miss having little kids around! The grass is always greener, right?

10 comments:

Bethy said...

I forgot about the hugs!
There are things I miss about working but NONE of them measure up to those hugs!

Great post! Made me smile and made me wish you lived closer!

glynis said...

Beautifully said, Meg! I don't miss leaving the house before the kids are awake and even when I'm working at home, I get hugs. It's sooooo worth it!!

Rusheika said...

I can relate! I never realised how much you had to carry with you once you had kids!

loonyhiker said...

When I first took my granddaughter out by myself for the first time, I had forgotten how much you have to take with you! As a teacher though, you may think you have no spontaneity but you may have more than you think! You have to be even more flexible than most people, depending on the mood of your children and what "crisis" they may be going through at any given time. That is definitely spontaneous if you ask me!

Kim said...

Boy, can I relate to packing up the whole house. Mine were 13 months apart, and I literally never went ANYWHERE without at least two full diaper bags, the double stroller, etc.

Then again, just like everyone told me, I now miss those days way more often than I thought I would. My two kids are now teenagers, and the hugs definitely are in shorter supply--as is my patience! :)

heather said...

I definitely don't miss lifting the stroller in and out of the car.. ugh! You're right, the spontaniety part goes out the window.. but I don't miss work much either. I get to hear hubby complaining about the adults that act like children instead :)

heather said...

re: international digi-scrappers cruise - I am SO there!

faery-wings said...

Gotta agree with everyone else. The hugs are the best "payment" yet.
Great post.

Stacey said...

Hugs are the best.

Karen said...

But at least you can see that it's grass and not concrete...that's the important thing.