Monday, July 15, 2013

Mama Break #1

The first morning of the kids' basketball camp is underway.

I dropped the kids off just before 9:00 with no incident (Lizzie got her own new basketball and was utterly's kinda like a right of passage with my kids that they get a new basketball to call their own when they start basketball camp!) and I stopped at Starbucks on the way home to pick up my favourite occasional treat:  A Cinnamon Dolce Latte, skim milk, extra hot.  Yum.  I walked in the door at home at 9:03 and it was so silent that I phoned Geoff at work and, the moment he answered the phone, I said that it was too quiet and I didn't know what to do.  He laughed and told me to enjoy it.

But was too quiet.  I didn't feel like doing any of my to do lists, didn't feel like cleaning or even tidying, so I spent the first almost hour of my solitude just walking around the house sipping my coffee while noting everything that needed doing.  I spent the next 45 minutes lying on my bed, doing a few google searches that I've been wanting to do, and making a number of phonecalls that needed making.  Now it's 11:15 and I'm feeling like I'd now like to get moving on some project or another but I have only about a half hour before I need to leave to pick up the kids (and maybe sneak in a few minutes early to see how they're doing).

What is wrong with me that it feels too quiet?!  I often long for quiet moments and, now that one's here, it's just too darn still.  Maybe with a few more days of practice I'll get used to it and actually get a few things done around here.  Maybe by Friday I'll hit my stride, only to realize that basketball camp's done.

Whatever.  I'm going to enjoy this.  I. will. enjoy. this.


  1. Oh yes, I'm not at all surprised we share a favourite Starbucks treat in common, change the milk to soy and it's my heaven-in-a-cup. Goodness, we have great taste, Ruth! :) I'd say do as little on your "things to do" list as possible. Instead, focus on your "things I'd love to do for fun if I had time" list! You deserve a little break and the noise (and the joy) will return in no time at all. Nothing is wrong with you though, your normal days are disrupted, it's perfectly normal to be a bit lost! Hope you find yourself in all kinds of nice moments during your mornings this week!