Absolutely Nothing

Thursday of last week, I did something in the afternoon I haven’t done in a very long time. Jedi was at school, J took Buzz to his speech class. The only souls left to rule the roost were Abby and myself, and she conked out for a nap shortly after the last of the boys left.

I had 2 hours to myself. To do whatever I wanted.

I can’t even remember the last time I had 2 hours to myself. Without my ears on constant alert of destruction. Without stress of what’s going to happen next. Without demands and noise. Without trying to be in a million different places at once.

What do I do with myself for 2 hours?

A few different ideas ran through my mind; I could dust off a book and actually read a few chapters, or skim through a more suitable magazine. I could give myself a manicure. I could soak in a bath, or streak the house naked. I could join Abby in some shuteye. I could even take the initiative and clean like crazy, but there’s no fun in that.

Instead, I sat on the couch. I propped my feet up on the table, an open netbook resting in my lap. The volume on the television decreased to a faint whisper. A soda in one hand, a chocolate donut in the other. Because what says celebration more than junk food. And I did nothing. Absolutely nothing. In peace and quiet.

I haven’t been able to do that in such a long time.

I can’t wait to do it again.


  1. says

    Glad you got a nice break. Today was the first day back at preschool for my daughter and she did not do any summer camps or other activities. So it was the first time in three months that I have had two whole hours to myself, alone at home with total silence. It was wonderful – but boy was I glad to go and pick her up from school at the end of it!
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  2. says

    I love doing nothing. It’s so rare when it happens that I feel absolutely no guilt whatsoever. When my girls’ school schedules allow for it to happen more often, I’ll figure out some way to be productive some of the time. Until then, what you did sounds just about right!
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