Today I spent the day home with Nathan. I work full-time and I rarely take a whole day off. But on infrequent days like today, I pretend that this is what it’d be like if I had stayed at home or if I didn’t have to work out of the home. I play this game for a few hours, until my husband arrives and in Sliding Doors style, the day I would have had as a SAHM merges with the evening routine I normally have and I’m fixing dinner and dealing with bedtime.
Today, I had SO MANY OPTIONS! I could go to Target without any lines! I could walk through the grocery’s meat section while it was still stocked in the morning so I didn’t have to lay down a choke-a-hold on a woman over the last package of ground beef. I could go to the library’s storytime (which never happens AFTER 5 PM) or the Children’s Museum (WHICH CLOSES AT 5 PM). I didn’t have to grumble about how there aren’t any places that offer at least one night for working families.
Instead, Nathan tossed all the couch cushions onto the living room floor and spent an hour in his DIY-tumble gym. I worked on editing photos, scheduling a few more clients and listening to even more ear-goodness that is This American Life. We ate snacks. And then more snacks. We took a long nap. We read books. It was just a glorious stretch of time that I was happy to enjoy.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t regret my career. I’m glad that I can provide for my family. As paltry as my paycheck is, it’s something that keeps us comfortable (as in we can eat at Taco Del Mar and not sweat over a mondo burrito meal). And whenever I do I hear some tripe about how women should stay at home, children in daycare are at a disadvantage, blah blah, I automatically tune it out by repeating the lyrics to Mr. President’s “Coco Jambo” which goes: “YA YA YA COCO JAMBO YA YA YAY!” It works every time.
So what do you do or would like to do with a day off?