Living Alone Sounds Like Heaven for Parents

As a mom, have you ever secretly dreamed about having your own place? You know -- as in running away and living alone in a space that is totally and completely yours? It's okay to admit it. It's not like any of us are going to think less of you or wonder whether or not you truly love your family, because the truth is that we've all probably fantasized about living on our own a time or two. (Or 10, or 20).

Of course, living alone kind of forces you to decompress and really take a long, hard look at yourself and all your eccentricities -- and apparently can even make you quirkier. But then again, those charming little quirks are sometimes the things we tend to forget or lose when we become parents, right? And maybe that's the whole reason why spending some quality time on our own sounds so incredibly appealing after we've spent so many of our days and nights taking care of someone else.


I lived alone for a good six years or so before I got married, and now one husband and one child later, I can't even imagine how good it would feel to have a bed all to myself. OMG. I might weep at the thought of being able to fall asleep without hearing the sound of snoring, or at the idea of waking up without finding that a 40-pound human being had wandered into my room in the middle of the night and now has his foot jammed into the side of my face. Oh yes, having my own bed would be nothing short of heavenly. Please excuse me while I pause and go think about it for a little while longer.

And don't even get me started on what it would be like to have my own bathroom again. If I had a private bath all to myself, I swear I'd fill it with fresh flowers and fluffy towels and lavender scented toilet paper and I'd probably even put a sign on the door that read "No Boys Allowed" or something to that effect. It would be mine, all mine, and it would be ah-maz-ing.

In all seriousness though, I guess I can't really imagine living apart from my family. But checking into a fancy hotel at least three or four times a year and enjoying a night of complete and total solitude and waking up refreshed and ready to take on the world definitely provides all of the benefits of living alone without actually having to move out. I'll take it.

Have you ever fantasized about living by yourself?


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