As mom’s we are usually busy doing something all the time, it just comes with the territory. Rarely do you see a mom just doing one thing at a time, and even if she is you can bet her mind is doing some kind of mental checklist of all the other things she needs to be doing or that she has to work on next. Somehow we are programmed to multi-task at warp speed and even feel somewhat guilty if we have moments where we aren’t doing this.
At work today another single mom was stating that she had Saturday night at home all to herself and she really enjoyed just being able to watch a movie. Out of curiosity I asked, “but did you REALLY just sit and watch it, or did you get up and start doing stuff around the house?” She laughed and admitted she also straightened the room, did some laundry, and other things that needed to be done, BUT she listened to every word of the movie. Before long we were all talking about how we weren’t really accustomed to sitting through a movie, it’s just something we don’t normally do, unless someone else is there and we are expected too, but when we are by ourselves or it’s just us and the kids, you can bet we are still up and doing all the other things that need to be done at the same time.
This to me explains why in a day of streaming movies, TEVO and CD’s readily available at any time, movie theatres are still in existence. We mom’s still like to go out to the occasional movie because in a movie theatre there’s no choice; you just sit back, relax and enjoy the movie. Unless, of course you have a toddler, then it’s family friendly movies only and time in the restroom for mom, but that’s a whole other subject.
So the next time you are on Face Book or Twitter and you see a mom posting about having a night of peace and quiet to sit home, you can bet she’ll do something nice for herself, but she’ll also be happily listening in to a movie or cranking up her favorite tunes and catching up on all the other little things that need to be done around the house, it’s just the way we are. We do still enjoy the alone time now and then though.
Cherry Coley ©