Today is ‘Girl’s Day’. Florence and I are at home alone as Daddy is off with work. Sounds and looks pretty much like every other day of the week being a stay at home mum but with one subtle difference, we’ve named it ‘Girl’s Day’.
I’ve been dreading this date in the calendar, grumbling when I think of it and getting rather cross that T has to spend an entire day of the weekend away from us. Before you mammas with daddies who work away or weekends start sharpening your pitch forks, I know I’m being ridiculous. I too have done a stint in the trenches of a shift working husband working long hours and most all weekends, only seeing the baby asleep for days on end. So I decided to give myself a kick and pull up my big girl pants and turn this day around.
Firstly I recognised just how used to my husband’s glorious 9-5 job I had gotten, so used to it that I got ratty over one Saturday when it used to be so much worse. So I stopped and thanked God for his wonderful provision and told him just how happy he has made our little family. Then I dubbed it ‘Girl’s Day’ because despite the fact that we are going to be doing the same things we do everyday what will turn things around is my intention. By giving it a name I’ve entered into the day with the intention to enjoy it, the intention of spending quality time with Florence, to make it fun and a little bit of an occasion.
Our day largely consists of playing and cleaning but I’ve allowed myself to have the heating on all day as a special treat (the epitome of extravagance in this house!). I’ve picked out a film for us to watch in the afternoon and brought popcorn as Florence can’t get enough of the stuff. In the evening we’ve got one of our all time favourite girls coming over, for Florence this will mean a rather exciting addition to bedtime stories, for mummy a much needed dose of adult convocation.
It seems that giving the day a name gave me the power to turn it around. Have you got anything you need to ‘turn around’ maybe try giving it a new name…