Can you? It’s quiet! No blaring television, no blaring music, no Hovering Hubby skulking about, no Nagging Princess tugging on me… It’s nice. Peaceful. Sure, in five minutes I’ll be waking the Nagging Princess up to get her in her bath since we lost track of time and she didn’t get one last night. Can’t have her going back to school a tad bit grimey!
But for right now…at this very moment…I’m relishing the Quiet. The Peacefulness. The chance to enjoy my coffee and hear only the sound of my keyboard as I type. Heaven. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve enjoyed having the Nagging Princess off school for the past week-and-a-half, she generally doesn’t cause too much trouble other than her propensity to turn into a tornado and leave a wake of messy rooms in her path – strewn with toys and various sundries. That also meant I didn’t have to stand shivering in the cold waiting for her bus twice a day. And I do enjoy extra time with Hovering Hubby when he’s off work, but the dog does a good job following me everywhere I go and getting underfoot, so add Hovering Hubby and Nagging Princess to that mix and it can become utter chaos. Especially for my sanity.
I never fully understood my mom’s lament about when my dad had time off work – how she could never get anything done when he was around. Now I understand. Now I comprehend. Now I empathize. Now I can relate. Did I get my Christmas decorations taken down as planned yesterday? Of course not! Yes, I at least got everything taken down from the front porch, so we won’t be the ones with our decorations up until Spring. But the tree is still looming intimidatingly, my living room still looks like Christmas threw up in it, and I am ready to get my house back…now.
So off I go to get the Nagging Princess into a bath under protest, then after her bus carries her off to school for the afternoon I’ll be able to run a few errands un-prohibited, and at some point, before she gets home, haul the empty boxes back in from the shed so I can strip the living room bare of the decorations that were once so enjoyably pleasing to the eye but now have turned into an annoyance at the work ahead. 😉