|Kids Stuck To You Like a Squirrel Monkey? |
When my kids were little, it was as if all three of them had some sort of invisible Velcro and were, literally, connected to me, stuck to me, duct-taped to me 24/7.
Their little bodies clinging to Mama -- poking in my ears, batting my head, banging on the bathroom door, eating off my plate. As if I was one of those wide-eyed tree monkeys with three adorable but constant little babies clinging to my back as I leapt from branch to branch. Their very survival seemed to hinge on crawling back up inside me and being on top of me at every waking – and sleeping – moment…
Let’s just say, for YEARS there was not a lot of personal space around here.
At the time, like a wide-eyed, mama monkey, I tolerated it because, a) I was in a fog of exhaustion and there was no perspective other than daily survival and Cheerio replenishment: “We - can - NOT - run - out - of - Cheerios!!!” and, b) I didn’t know any better. I didn’t have a wise, all-knowing Mommy Whisperer reminding me – hey, get out, find your space, breathe, they’ll be fine……….
Which is why, now, years the wiser and having found some better windshield wipers to get me through that fog, I find myself giddy with WHOOPIE!!! as I click “Enter” and book a trip for myself this Spring to go and play in the National Parks of Southern Utah without my beloved but Saran Wrappy children.
A trip for ME!
And god-bless my husband and various child-care folks for taking them on while I’m gone. They will all survive. And possibly thrive? Creating new networks of reliance and healthy-dependence within their own little unit as I sneak out, break free, run-run-as-fast-as-I can to the bright orange rocks of a distant land for a few days and nights of un-fettered hiking, kayaking, canyoneering, and zippedy-doo-dah-ing all day long!
A little me time. A little Outdoorsy Mama time. A reconnection inside. So that I can come home and give my best with more strength and passion and patience. And so I can enjoy and appreciate the undying love of my 24/7 plastered to me little creatures…. Until next year!
Book it now.
Namaste & Three Cheers! - OM