Every once in a while Silver Bullet and I always make it a point to have an “us” day. It usually is a random day within the week in which both of us would be taking a day off work just to do whatever without the kids.
Usually dressed in our most comfy attire of the day, we’ll make it out of the house at our usual time when we leave for work and leaving the kids with the Nanny. We take the day easy – starting with a nice little breakfast and followed by with no concrete plans at all. Sometimes we walk around and window shop aimlessly, then go for a much needed foot massage, or sometimes, perhaps catch a movie.
Last we had our “us” day, we started the day with a hearty breakfast, followed by a little last minute Christmas shopping (we were half an hour too early, and we had to wait outside as the mall was still closed!), caught The Hobbit at the theater (awesome movie! I remember the book being a lot better to read!), and then grabbing a cup of coffee at our favourite coffee joint.
We ended the day by doing a little grocery shopping before heading home to tuck the kids to bed.
While seeing any parents with little kids on our “us” day would trigger thoughts of our own children, somehow it was not enough to make us miss our kids right at that moment. It sounds absurd, but it is days like these that recharge us – as a couple as well as a parent.
An “us” day for us is as important as having that first meal of the day to keep us going. We are, after all, responsible adults, but we can’t deny ourselves the right to sometimes just dedicate the day just to ourselves to keep our sanity.
A simple breakfast
Watching from the sidelines as we wait for the door of the mall to open at 10 am!
A day like that goes by too quickly – before we know it, 5 pm arrives and it is time to get home.
I am already looking forward to our next “us” day. Soonish.