Did anybody else go see the move “Date Night” a year or two ago? It’s hard to say no to Steve Carell and Tina Fey as a busy married couple just desperate for a relaxing night out without the kids. In what to me is the most memorable scene, the couple are in a car, revealing to each other their most intimate fantasies. Fey’s character responds:
“If anything, I fantasize sometimes about being alone. There are times when I just thought about, on my worst day, just you know, leaving our house and just going some place like checking into a hotel and just being in a quiet room by myself, just sitting in a quite air-conditioned room, sitting down, eating my lunch, with no one touching me, drinking a Diet Sprite, by myself.”
“That’s sick!” Carell responds in disgust, while I’m laughing my head off because I think every mom knows that feeling ALL TOO WELL!
You ever have one of those Diet Sprite days? Here’s the deal, sometimes I just need to get out of the house. Away from the kiddos. I just need to go some place where I can have dignity. Some place where I’m not constantly barraged with other people’s slobbers and boogers and other unwelcome bodily functions. Some place where I can go to the bathroom by myself.
I think a lot of moms feel like they have to wait until they can have a whole afternoon or a girls night to get out of the house. But seriously, I think every SAHM can and SHOULD get out of the house at least once or twice a week for a little 30-60 minute coffee break. (Or tea break, or juice break, or smoothie break. You know, whatever floats your boat.)
My challenge is to give it a try this week. Ask your spouse if they can handle the kiddos for 45 minutes to an hour, and just go somewhere, even if it’s just McDonalds. Sit at a window. And, if nothing else, enjoy a quiet, guilt free, Diet Sprite. See if you don’t come home feeling refreshed, and ready to be a better spouse and mom!
What’s your favorite escape?