And sometimes you have a break thrust upon you. And then again, sometimes what you think may have been a break isn’t actually one at all… like when it’s disguised as pneumonia. Two weeks of horrid coughing and ingesting the most vile horse pills is enough to make me really regret getting so rundown.
It’s also NOT a break when you neglect the blog that you love so much because all your energy and creativity has been sapped “assisting” your children with two speeches, a rap song and a fitness routine, all the while attempting not to pass out from exhaustion. (Feel sorry for me now.)
But really, how many moms with kids of a certain age ever do get a substantial time-out? And if you think those stolen hours here and there between running errands, working fulltime and doing housework count… they DON’T! Because you know, it’s not like the work or worrying is being done by anyone else – it’s all still there awaiting your return to reality. So truly, those kind of breaks are just postponement of the inevitable, ensuring you will have to work twice as hard to get everything done or go to bed an hour or two later than you really want to.
So, if you are a mom who desperately needs a break – take one, without guilt, because you’ve earned it! And if you’re not a mom but have one in your life – give her break. And while we’re at it, I think we should declare February “Mother’s Month” because one day is not enough and May is too far off anyway.