Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Just A Little Time February 8, 2015

It doesn’t take much. An hour, or even a few short minutes seem to do the trick. It can’t be doing something for work either. It has to be something at least semi-spontaneous or fun. Like a quick coffee or lunch date. Or a walk around the mall. Or even grocery shopping. Sometimes a momma needs just a little time away. All Smiles

I used to see it as an insult, not just for me but for dear baby Carter and dad too. Like what do we all do that is so tremendously awful that we drive her to a place she feels like she needs to escape? Recently I’ve realized that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Because before there was Carter and before there was me and before there was dad, there was mom. She had friends and family then, sure. But she decided things like what she wanted for lunch with little-to-no struggle. It was not a decision she was making with a family in mind, but rather simply for herself.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think she wants to go back to that place in her life. I know she loves me and dad and Carter bigger than the sky. (She even says so out loud from time to time). That doesn’t change the fact that she, like any other person, occasionally needs a moment to recollect herself. To hit the proverbial reset button if you will.

It happened today for a bit with aunt Morgan and later with a close friend of hers. I’m not sure what she did with each of them, but something kind of special happened when she returned from her second outing. She came home with a big smile on her face and wasn’t in the house more than five minutes when it happened.

She gathered up “her boys” (as she calls us sometimes) and said “I love my little family.”

It’s not that she didn’t love us before she left. But something about being away that little bit of time (I think it was a whole hour) focused her heart in a way few other things can. That’s a little time well spent in my mind.

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3 Responses to “Just A Little Time”

  1. Lyn Says:

    Oh, I think it’s really important for Moms and Dads get away to recharge their batteries–even if it’s just for an hour. It’s important for Moms and Dads to get away together too–maybe on a date for dinner and a movie. I’m so glad your Mom’s batteries were charged up 🙂 “I love my little family” is a wonderful thing to hear.

  2. Just like there’s no rainbow if there’s no rain, your mom can’t miss you if she doesn’t leave for a while. I am always mad when Mom leaves me, but I forgive her as soon as she comes back and gives me extra cuddles.

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

  3. Sometimes a little bit of time goes a long way toward happiness!! 🙂


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