Monday, March 15, 2010
Seven Year Itch.
I have been a full time mom for seven years.
S e v e n y e a r s
It's a long time.
I've loved it. I've hated it. I've felt bored, frustrated and lonely.
I've felt lucky, happy and contented.
I did go back to work part time when the seven year old went to pre-school.
I stopped work to focus on adding a sibling.
I've been home, full time, for over three years now.
Lately, I've been feeling that my brain is filled up with cobwebs.
Luckily, I have a sure fire way to blow out cobwebs - roller coasters.
Now you know the real reason we went to Disneyland.
Actually it was California Adventure Park that allowed me to spring clean.
As it turned out it wasn't a roller coaster that fixed me.
I have been to this park once before. I watched people get on The Hollywood Tower Of Terror ride.
I laughed at them. I declared them certifiable.
This time I joined them.
Plunging 20 stories in the dark definitely reminds you, you're alive.
For that three minute ride - I was no longer 'mommy.'
I was an independent (hysterically screaming) adult.
If you haven't had this eye brightening experience let me regale you. You sit in a small elevator (cage) like room.
At the sides are metal grids - reminiscent of a 1930's elevator.
I was seated next to the grid/wall.
Just for fun they take your picture just as you plummet. I wish I could show you that picture.
There are 29 people sitting facing forward screaming and me turned, grasping that grid with both arms in a futile attempt to climb out.
It was a life highlight to watch 29 people look at that picture and then bend double laughing at the crazy lady on the left.
I have not felt less mommy-like in seven years.
I highly recommend it.