In so many ways, being a stay at home mom is a sweet deal. You get to be there for all the little moments with your kids (so many little moments…!) and experience the freedom and flexibility to plan your days (around nap time, of course!).
Plus, yoga pants. ‘Nuff said.
One thing I really miss about working though is having daily, or at least consistent, adult conversation and interaction.
Now, I see my husband every day and we talk, which is awesome.
But, there’s something about having CON-VER-SA-TION with adult human beings, of the female variety, that I desperately miss being a Stay at home mom.
(Are you there too? You get this, don’t you?)
Most of my friends are moms too, stay at home or otherwise.
And you know. If you have little kids, it is damn-near-impossible to make time to see your friends.
Example: I’ve been trying to set up a “play date” (read: Mom-Sanity-Social-Time) with a friend for the last two weeks. Our schedules just do not mesh right now.
We finally decided on a week from Friday. I’m penciling it in (figuratively, of course. It’s in my iPhone, ya’ll. I am a millennial, after all, according to those quizzes) because you never know who is going to come down with a stomach bug between now and then.
Today I was reminded, very desperately and embarrassingly, of how much I am lacking in the adult interaction department.
I was at the library (in my yoga pants. Don’t judge. I went to yoga at the YMCA today, which, [sidebar] did not count as adult interaction since it was all meditative and Namaste and I didn’t talk to anyone) and, as stood near the DVDs, waiting for my 4 year old to decide between Paw Patrol and Elmo, I found myself listening in on the conversation between the librarians.
“I’m going to go to lunch now. But don’t worry! I’ll be back to do story time!”
“Yeah, you better come back!”
“haha! If I don’t come back in an hour, you can find me in my car, listening to the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack.”
“Oh! Did you get your tickets? You’re coming tonight, right?”
I was jolted out of my reverie and made painfully aware that I was awkwardly staring.
“No,” I said, a little wistfully, apparently channeling my inner Luna Lovegood, because it was about to get real awkward real fast.
“I was just listening in on your conversation.” (YES! I said that out loud!)
“I want to go to Beauty and the Beast.” (NOOOOOOOO! EXIT! LEAVE TURN AROUND! TAKE CHILDREN AND GO! NOW!)
I have no idea what look they gave each other after I said these things out loud to complete strangers.
I spun around quickly, urged my child to pick a movie (CHOP CHOP!) so we could high-tail it out of the library.
I have friends. I really do. It’s just hard to get together sometimes when we all have such pressing life responsibilities, like many, many little children. #SAHMLife
It makes you do crazy things. Like try to get an invite to the movies from random librarians.
Tell me about your social life as a Mom, stay at home or otherwise.
I need a vicarious experience.