All By Myself...
At times, those are very sweet words. Sometimes, as adults, we want to be alone; all by ourselves, AWAY from others and reminders of responsibilities. So much so that we could scream.
Or is that just me? :-)
As children, we all want to do things ourselves. Whether it be doing something without outside help, or just be left alone.
Alone, that's not something some of are very often. It's one of those things that most of look forward to, even if only for a few moments. We take that time to just breathe, listen to the silence, pray, or just sit and not have to think about anything for just a few moments.
I have to admit that I am one of those people who long for time alone. I don't get it very often. Sometimes the rest of the family goes somewhere and I get some time alone, but I am home and always think of something that needs to be done, someone I need to contact about something or other... it's just not as enjoyable/restful as it should be.
Then there are the times I am alone in the car, but I'm on my way to DO something, so I'm generally thinking about what I am on my way to do.
But, in just a couple of weeks I will be able to enjoy the greatest gift my family has ever given me.
Greater than any expensive jewelry, money, diamonds, or even.... chocolate.
That's right, better than chocolate.
They have given me TIME ALONE. Not just alone, but alone away from home!! I have been gifted a night and almost 2 days in another city, a hotel room with a jacuzzi, and a little spending money.
I get to go out to eat ANYWHERE I WANT, and eat by myself. I can go shopping, see a movie, or do nothing. I can listen to any music I want, sleep as long as I want, and just relax. I am not taking anything with me except clothes and a Bible.
I'm not even taking my cell phone. :-)
I don't think I have ever looked forward to a gift like this. Not even when I got my digital camera. :-)
I remember reading Lisa Whelchel talk about a "sabbatical" she took once. She spent a weekend in a friend's cabin by herself and did nothing but enjoy nature and God's Word. I remember being so jealous of that.
Not that I don't love being with my family. I do, truly. But, I also believe that everyone needs time alone at some point.
SO, I just want to publicly thank my family for this gift of love. You have NO IDEA how much I appreciate it and look forward to it.