I have been extremely spoiled lately. I have had the past two weeks off of work for Christmas vacation. My amazing parents offered to babysit (for free) so that my husband and I could celebrate New Years Eve with friends…and sleep in the following day. The same grandparents fed us New Years Day brunch. I was freed up from my mommy duties to enjoy a beautiful much-needed walk with my sister and even had a little nap afterwards. I’ve enjoyed play-dates with good friends and lots of quality time with my son. I’ve had time to finally arrange a simple at-home work-out routine to keep me active during the winter. Tomorrow I’ll be in dreamland during a one-hour massage. I’ve had delicious Thai food three times this week.
I’d love to linger on these days for a while longer. To enjoy the peace of my home in the afternoon as my son naps and the sun streams in through my kitchen window. But soon I will be back to work and struggling once again to find balance. It’s hard to let go of the pleasantries of vacation. However, I’m setting my mind to thankfulness. And I am storing up the treasured moments I’ve enjoyed, letting this be my fuel as routine sweeps back in.
“When from our better selves we have too long
Been parted by the hurrying world, and droop,
Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired,
How gracious, how benign, is Solitude”
– William Wordsworth