In Anna Quindlan's newest book she talks about how when her children moved out (college) she remained on a school schedule. Her day came to a natural end after school let out even though she was not waiting for kids to arrive home from school. I find this with me as well. I work weird hours~ late
into the night this is because I will often take a break from 4-6 pm with my kids. During the school year it is less of a real break since they are usually off to an activity but mentally I know come 4pm my phone is ringing and I have things to deal with for a period of time.
My kids leave for camp this weekend and like Anna, when they are gone I still seem to keep this schedule. By
4pm I feel like I am winding down and need a break. The difference is the break is not for real. There are no kids invading my apartment and the silence is worse. I tend to book later meetings in the summer, just when everyone else wants to cut out early, because being home in the silence is not normal. While I wrote this my apartment was alive with a group of girls and the boys, about twenty of them in my small apartment. I have emptied out the pantry for what I call the “clean out my junk food” event. Once they leave I have no need for Oreos, potato chips and candy. It will just taunt me.
On another note we all know how I dislike Gloria. While she made it possible for me to have my career she also made it impossible for women. I have long said, we can't have it all. Somethi
ng has to give. For me it is movies and shows and dinners out. There are nights I would rather just sit at home with my kids then go to a movie. When I am busy with my kids I get my work done but I stop all things that can wait. Or at least I try to. Everyone should read this article. It is very well written and gets right to the heart of matters…. women cannot really have it all. At least not in today's world unless you create it for yourself which I have.
Finally the last minute purchase we had to make today….
Urban Outfitters hi-waist shorts~ one pair was not enough. She also wanted these but I put my foot down just how many pair of shorts does one girl need?
Time to hang with kiddies before they leave.