24 hours away from the kids
Once a year, my husband and I are lucky enough to find a friend willing to spend 24 hours with our kids. Don’t get me wrong, the kids are great but the idea of 4 kids for someone that doesn’t have 4 kids is, well let’s just say, not exactly their idea of a fun weekend.
But this weekend we did find a great friend (mother of 5 who’s youngest is 17) to come a hang out with our gang. The kids love her so we left with only a few tears.
24 hours doesn’t sound like much but it’s enough. It’s enough to enjoy a day without routine and schedules. To find a bit of space together, instead of a mom and dad, a couple with a secret. To read our own book rather than one for the kids. To talk without interruption (except to order another glass of wine!).
Being in a small country has advantages when it comes to 24 hours. The ocean is a 40-minute drive away, so that’s where we go. Beach, dunes, the smell of the sea… All you really need right?
I get away a couple of times a year on my own without my husband and kids which I also love. I always find it hard to leave though I know deep down that I am a better person if I get my own space. Travelling makes me feel like my old self somehow. I only realize how much my life revolves around a lot of people when I step out of it.
Do you get away with your partner?