There are times a mother needs a time by herself. Time to explore, rest and enjoy. This blog that I’ve just read will give you some tips on how to enjoy your “me” time away from your kids.
Before I had kids, a night off wasn’t such a big deal. A night off from WHAT exactly? Wild nights out in Soho? Mega box set weekend binges that started at 1pm (normal pre-kid weekend waking time) and finished 24hrs later? Leisurely boozy barbeques down the pub? Now, AC (After Children), I kind of hate my pre-kid self, and a typical night includes:
- repeatedly reassuring the 4yo that when he goes to sleep he will “still be in real life”
- explaining at length why it’s not OK to play Ninjago on the iPad one’s entire waking life
- Biff and Kipper (someone please shoot me)
So when Marks & Spencer asked if I wanted to come for a sleepover at one of my very favourite London boutique hotels, Artist Residence, to test drive their luxurious new bedding range, drink all the drinks and have a delicious dinner and brat-free breakfast, I was all like YES THANK YOU PLEASE MY BAG IS PACKED AND I’M ON MY WAY RIGHT NOW. Except then I remembered that the good old Pink House Husband was not going to be at home that night. Hell, he wasn’t even going to be in the right CONTINENT. He was going to be in the USA saving the world by helping companies be more sustainable. So SELFISH.
But lack of husband wasn’t going to stand in the way of an escape of this calibre. No siree. I decided to call in reinforcements and send for…The Pink House Granny! I knew which button to press to get her to to agree to jump on a train from Edinburgh too – and ironically that button was the very thing I was trying to escape…