by Alysia, Try Defying Gravity
I’m going to call this: “The Mary Poppins Game”.
It came to me in the shower this morning. All my good ideas come to me in the shower. It’s also where I cry, but I digress…
It has been a very long week here. My kids were on spring break and although the weather was lovely, we were all just out of sorts. My kids needed me night and day. That’s not just an expression this time. There was not one night this week when all three kids slept through the night in their own beds. We didn’t do anything very vacation-y either – my husband still had to work and therapy appointments and piano lessons and baseball games went on as planned.
I. Am. Tired.
So, this morning, in the first real shower I’ve had all week, I had this idea. The Mary Poppins Game.
Let’s pretend that Mary Poppins floated down from the sky at 6am and said “I’m here to take care of your kids for 24 hours. Go. Do something for you.”
What would you do?
Now, I know you. You will say something along the lines of “well, even Mary Poppins couldn’t take care of my kids. They have very specific needs : feeding tubes and therapy sessions and toileting problems and sleep issues. And they have soccer games and lacrosse practice and piano lessons and if you don’t cut their sandwich into the perfect four triangles they won’t eat it and for goodness sake don’t let them eat anything with any food dyes or we’ll pay for it for days!”
Did you know that Mary Poppins is an ABA certified occupational therapist/registered nurse/nutritionist/physical education teacher/musician/chauffeur/chef? She is.
Let’s hear it.
Your perfect day. From sunrise to sunrise. Let your imagination run. You can do anything you want in those 24 hours.
As long as it’s for you.
Tell us all your perfect day here in the comments. Let us live your day with you.
To get things going (and because it’s my idea) I’ll start:
First, I would go back to bed. Until I woke up on my own – not by alarm or by crying over the baby monitor. Next, a long shower when I actually wash my hair. I’ll put on one of the many Glee episodes that I have on the DVR and watch while I got dressed. Then, out to the diner for a cup of coffee and Eggs Florentine. I’ll bring my iPad to catch up on my Draw Something games and order a second cup. Next, a drive over to the bookstore, belting out a little Adele with the windows down.
I’ll buy a new book and head down to our local beach with a lawn chair. I would sit in the sun and read. Maybe I’ll fall asleep. Nope, I’ll definitely fall asleep.
I know a trip to our local outlet shopping area would be next. I would actually try clothes on in the store and pick out a new outfit. Have a chicken salad sandwich on toast and an iced tea.
I’ll return back home and drive over to our town baseball field to watch my oldest play ball. Yes, this is still for me. I have yet to see him pitch or stay long enough at a game to cheer him on from the bench. I want to sit with the other mothers and chat and gossip and jump up and down when my son gets a hit.
I’ll bring him home, tell him how proud I was of him out there, and then take my husband out for dinner. In my new clothes.
I’ll have a glass of wine. Or two.
And I’ll smile and laugh and hold his hand.
I’ll get home, actually change into real pajamas (not just passing out in my clothes), and fall asleep without worrying about the pile of laundry in the corner or the dirty dishes in the sink because they would be gone. I won’t think about which kid will be up in the middle of the night because Mary will take care of it for me.
I’ll sleep peacefully for the first time in ten years.
And I’ll feel like me again.
So? Who will play The Mary Poppins Game with me? Tell me what you would do with a whole day just for you?
Alysia is a stay-at-home mom to three young boys, two with autism spectrum disorder. She writes about that and other things at her personal blog Try Defying Gravity. She’s also the managing editor of the SPD Blogger Network, a group blog for parents with children living with sensory processing disorder. She’s so happy to have found this home here at The Oxygen Mask Project along with her friend Shannon. (And yes, the idea for The Oxygen Mask Project was also hatched in the shower.)