My Nourished Village friends and I often joke that, had we known how many hours there are in a day prior to having kids, we’d now have a million dollar business. We definitely plan on working more once our kids are all in school. But, there are other things we want to add to our to do list. Quirky things. Healing, even. Get your bucket list ready!
#1: Go to the grocery store at 5 pm. Moms only go to the store at 5 pm when they absolutely need to. By late afternoon, kids are tired and ready to melt down at the slightest provocation. And, the lines are full of stressed out people who just got of work.
I look forward to going to the store at 5 pm by myself, just because I can.
#2: Go to a porcelain store. Right now, I even avoid the wine aisle, although I’ve been told by many moms that alcohol helps them be better parents. Still. My fear that my kids will knock down a bunch of bottles is too great. But when my kids are grown, I’ll go to a store full of fragile objects and enjoy strolling without panic attacks.
#3: Eat chocolate in the living room. I love it when my kids and I share chocolate. Sometimes though, keeping sugar away from them is a necessity… And sometimes, I end up sneaking sweets when they’re busy playing. Eating chocolate in the living room sounds pretty great right now!
#4: Get stuck in traffic. I never leave my house past 3 pm because I don’t want to get caught in traffic. My kids just don’t like being retained in their car seats, to the point that I’m tempted to keep having babies until I get one who enjoys being in the car. You know, just to see if I can. But one day, I’ll get stuck in traffic just because. What will I do? Play an entire CD. Listen to an audio book. Read a magazine. The possibilities are endless.
#5: Read a book. Having children has somehow destroyed by attention span. I can barely get through my Facebook feed. But one day, I’ll get a nice book and read the whole thing on a quiet afternoon.
#6: Go to bed late. My current bedtime is between 8 and 9 pm. If I don’t get enough sleep, I’m cranky and have no patience, so I sleep early. But, it would be nice to sleep late one day, knowing that I can sleep in in the morning! See also: Sleep in in the morning.
#7: Go to a fancy restaurant. These days, I will only eat out if the restaurant has plastic dinosaurs, train sets, and chalk boards. Yes, I’m a French mom whose kids don’t sit down for 2 hour dinners. Eating at a fancy restaurant with napkins and all sounds nice.
#8: On that note, eating food that requires a fork and knife is on my to do list as well. Right now, I feed the baby with my left hand, and the 4 year old with my right hand. I’m not exactly sure how I manage to feed myself.
#9: Watch a movie on the plane: My husbnd and I spend every plane trip entertaining our children. But one day, I’ll watch movies back to back, and enjoy every minute of it. I can’t believe I used to complain about long plane rides!
#10: There are so many other things to do when the kids are bigger. Wear heels and hoop earrings, take long baths, floss, go to the bathroom and lock the door…
There will be plenty of time for us to do all this. For now, I like to think about them – it helps me appreciate the present moment with my children a little bit more!