It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Out and About

Guess where I am???

I’m downtown! At a coffee shop! With my laptop!! At 11:00 in the morning! I feel so free and sophisticated. Look at me being a city woman. Woo-eee.

Stop rolling your eyes. From time to time it’s nice to step into a different world. And no snickering in the back row. It’s the sign of a healthy psyche to take pleasure in small things. So there.

How do I come to be downtown on a Wednesday morning? Because Haley is in the city for the summer! Haley is twenty, and with years and years of daycare experience, having pretty much grown up in one. Who better to hire for a half-day a week? (Yes, the parents all know. Lesson learned.)

So Haley shows up at 9:00, and Mary leaves at 9:00:27. Not quite. I do show her where the snacks are (all nicely prepared), what’s on the menu for lunch, and pass on any other info. that might be pertinent. THEN I leave. At 9:01:32.

It’s not so much that I have anywhere to go, though I do intend to use these mornings for doctors and optometrists and bankers and other such mundanities. (New word. Like it? It’s yours!) Mostly I am just enjoying the free- free- free- freedom!!

May 31, 2006 - Posted by | daycare, my kids


  1. I’m so happy for you!!!! Perhaps because I am awaiting my freedom. I have a sitter lined up in 1 hour so I can go get a much needed haircut. I am about to burst with the excitement of going out in the daytime without two boys in tow. I can’t imagine how excited you must be, free from many. I plan to get a coffee – not from my own pot and maybe even a muffin. Yippee for your freedom!

    Comment by twoboysmom | May 31, 2006 | Reply

  2. FREEDOM!!!!! Have a great time out on the town—you deserve it!

    Comment by So-Called Supermom | May 31, 2006 | Reply

  3. Oh good for you! I get Thursdays off at work, and I mostly use them to catch up on housework, go to appointments, keep Pumpkinpie home a bit late, that sort of thing – but I also love that I can use a bit of that day to be out on the town on my own. Running my own errands, stopping in a coffee shop, walking around. Bliss. We need these recharging moments to reconnect with ourselves. So I’m glad you can have some of that for the summer too. And what better time than summer, when a walk or some patio time is a beautiful thing!

    (and if you have a moment – I would love your comment on my current hitting dilemma! But not on your relaxing time, dear.)

    Comment by kittenpie | May 31, 2006 | Reply

  4. Woooooooo!!!! Yay Haley!

    Enjoy your much needed freedom!

    Comment by Kristen | May 31, 2006 | Reply

  5. The girls are in school so there’s nothing to keep me tied to the house except me. I do that far too much. Shopping, schools, and doctors. That’s about it. It’s ridiculous.

    Lately, I’ve been meeting a friend once a week for coffee at Barnes & Noble. It sure has made a difference.

    I love chatting online (as you can tell) but I haven’t had a one on one conversation with a peer in some time.

    With a muffin and macchiato thrown in.

    Comment by Granny | May 31, 2006 | Reply

  6. I do what I can to maintain and bolster my mum’s sanity! Glad you enjoyed the morning off.

    Comment by Haley | May 31, 2006 | Reply

  7. twoboysmom: I hope you had a wonderful time out!

    ScSuperMom: I did. It was lovely. Thank you!

    Kittenpie: This time away is different than a weekend. On a weekend, I feel the need to do something “productive”, or I can’t fully enjoy my time off. I don’t spend the whole weekend racing around doing stuff, far from it, but I have to get one or two projects done or I’m dissatisfied. With these mornings off, I feel perfectly fine just doing nothing in particular, and it feels wonderful!

    Kristen: Yay, Haley, indeed!

    Granny: It’s funny how you can let yourself slip through the cracks. Or perhaps it’s more accurate to say that sometimes life gets so full there ARE no cracks to slip through and just be. Nice when you can make it happen for yourself, though.

    Haley: And here she is, the woman of the hour! Thanks, sweetie.

    Comment by Mary P. | June 1, 2006 | Reply

  8. Wow. Lap it up! No matter how much you like your work, a bit of free time is a beautiful thing.

    Comment by chosha | June 4, 2006 | Reply

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