My older boys are away this week and we are missing them already. The little ones are reading and while I can hear lawn mowers outdoors and the clicking of my keys as I type, there is otherwise no sound to take up the space in my brain.
The summer months have a way of filling up and getting loud and demanding attention and activity. But sometimes, I need to sit and be still and breathe deeply in a calm and quiet space.
It's okay, you know, to take a minute and step outside and let the chaos continue away from you while you soak up the silence that can refresh your self. It's okay to need it and okay to seek it and okay to know that your day is better if you can just find a break.
You are not the only momma who has locked the bathroom door, who has sat in the van while parked in the driveway, who has put on the TV and then walked away. You are not the only momma who looks at the calendar filled with 80+ summer days and wondered what to do with all that time. You are not the only one.
So, if it is getting kinda loud and your nerves are fried and you are finding yourself answering in a terse, tight tone, give yourself a minute and find a quiet space and take some intentional deep breaths. Watch the leaves on the trees dance in the breeze and let yourself unwind just a little, tiny bit. Or better yet, open that same door and send the kids outside and make a quick cup of coffee to sip while you sit still in the house doing absolutely, positively nothing at all.