I remember coming home from work a few years ago and nobody was home:  my oldest was away at college, the middle was at football practice, and the youngest at band practice.  I just stood in my kitchen & thought, "What am I going to do when all of the boys are gone and they don't need me to be home?"  I mentioned that to CH, and he said, "You're going to take time for you."  
This summer (since I don't work in the summer), I'm really enjoying the quietness of the house during the day; I don't even turn on the tv, and it's REALLY nice.  I've always been the person who had to have noise...any noise.  The tv, radio, it really didn't matter.  I still have to have noise when I go to sleep (I go to sleep with the tv on; CH sets the timer when he goes to bed), but it's so nice during the day.  I hear the birds chirping, an occasional mower, kids playing behind us, and the cars going by the house.  And, if we're lucky, I'll hear thunder in the distance and the rain that sometimes comes along with it.  It's just nice.  
During this past school year, there were days when I would stay at school until 5:00...just because I could, and needed to.  I had such a crazy, stressful year that I needed to stay to get organized for the next time I was at that school, as well as to do paperwork.  With the change in one of my schools and a lower caseload, I'm hoping that won't be the case next year.  
On the days when I didn't need to stay late, I would go home and crash.  Sometimes I would practice my flute, other times I would just sit; because I needed to.  
I'm learning to take time for me.  MS' girlfriend mentioned the other day that I've been a mom for 1/2 of my life.  WOW.  I hadn't thought of that before then.  Half of my life I've been taking care of someone else; I've been responsible for another person.  It is time for me.  Even though YS is still living at home, he's doing his own thing, and we're trying to let him be as independent as he can be.  We only have another year with him at home, and then he'll be off for his last 2 years in college.  
So, I'm learning to enjoy the quiet, as well as doing things for me.  And you know what?  It's actually kind of nice.  


  1. It is, isn't it! Enjoy your "me time".

  2. Don't feel guilty for "me time" for one second!! You deserve it!! I have one in college, one graduating from high school tonight, one going into 7th grade and a 4 year old. There are days that I long for empty nest syndrome but most days I'm thrilled when they're all home safe and sound. : )

    ~ Wendy

  3. It sounds wonderful! Mine is planning to move in August and then I'll find out first hand.

  4. I can relate, Mary. My oldest daughter, as you know, is away at college and Abby is working about 4-5 days a week. Then, Chris travels regularly with his job. So, I am getting plenty of "me time" and I must admit, it's kind of nice. Enjoy yours!

  5. I have this everyday during school since I am unable to work. I love not having noise, it is usually me, the dog and my sewing machine. Enjoy!

  6. I love the quiet which I rarely get even though it is just myself and my husband. He works from home so I'm never home alone.

  7. I can just picture you during the day. What a huge difference it is for you! Do you ever miss a little bit of the hectic-ness? I wonder sometimes about when the day comes for me. But I'll be a lot older than you are now! LOL Enjoy your peace and quiet, your time to yourself. Soak it all up!

  8. So good you are learning to enjoy your quiet. I love quiet, I thrive in quiet, I bloom in quiet. I don't like when I think I will have quiet and things change and I don't have quiet.

    Keep enjoying it!


  9. How awesome for you. TIME for you to do what you want, when you want....even if it's just to enjoy the quiet.
    I'm feeling a bit of it too now. THE house is almost always clean now; I had no idea that Linds was such a slob. LOL!

  10. Me time! I'm learning it's ok to have me time.
    I have more time for reading, blogging...


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