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Girls’ Night Out!

June 11, 2011 by  
Filed under J.Reich

Last night, I did something I rarely do: I asked my husband to give our sons, Tyler (age 5) and Austin (age 4) a bath and put them to bed so that I could meet a friend to go shopping. The last time I did that? 2006. I think. Now don’t me wrong–my husband is absolutely wonderful. He watches Tyler and Austin every day that he’s not working, so that I can work, and I do meet friends every now and again for lunch. But I don’t often take time to go out solo in the evening like this.

As I got ready to go, Tyler and Austin were very upset, crying and asking me not to go. “You have friends that you enjoy spending time with, right?” I asked. “Well, I have friends too just like you, and I look forward to spending time with them.”

At supper, I was telling my friend about this. “When my kids get upset like that when I leave, I realize that a little time away is long overdue–for me, but also for them,” she kindly and gently said. I think she’s right! I won’t let another five years pass–not even another five months–before I do this again!

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