Rainy Day Darlins’

by Lisa Donovan

Today is the first day of my son’s spring break. Wouldn’t you know it, it had to rain. All my big plans of starting his holiday off with a bang (trips to the zoo, picnics at the park) have been thwarted by the grey and wet day. What to do, what to do! My urge to just tuck a movie in the DVD player and call it a day was strong — the force was powerful.

Thankfully, I snapped out of it. I realized that the days that my son and I get to cozy up on the couch and hang out are, between school and work and his sweet little sister, few and far between. We just don’t get that time the way we used to. Some of my fondest memories are of the two of us sitting, sometimes for hours, just reading books and drawing pictures. With all the busy day-to-day stuff, I can’t remember the last time we had a chance like this.

So, I put the littlest Donovan down for her nap, picked out some of our favorite books and snacks and cozied up for an hour or two of sweet rainy day lovin’. It was heaven.

My husband and I have always made a point of making down time, sans children, with each other — we recognized early in our marriage that this is essential to having a deep and lasting relationship. Just being able to have a cup of hot tea and listen to a good album together has saved us from many grumpy moods induced by lack of sleep or too much rushing about. I think it’s easy for us to forget that we need to do that with our kids too. At least it was for me. I often get so bogged down with making sure that he is on time for school or that he is on time for bed or that he is washing his hair instead of just playing pirate ship in the bathtub, that I forget that he is such a neat person and that spending just a wee bit of time together doing nothing at all makes all the difference in the world.

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This entry was posted on Monday, March 20th, 2006 at 11:34 am and is filed under Daily Living, Holidays. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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