The weather was perfect. It was slightly warmer than room temperature with a gentle breeze. The sky was blue with a few fluffy white clouds in it. My mom and I had just spent some time relaxing in an outdoor hot tub. Snuggled up in our soft spa robes, we walked out to the beautiful grounds behind the spa and lay on padded, reclined chairs to dry in the sun and enjoy the beautiful view.
I could feel stress leaving my body as I felt permitted to take the time to relax, to take in the beauty in the nature around me and to just "be". We surveyed the scene in front of us and noticed a couple of hammocks blowing in the breeze across the field. We quickly agreed that we wanted to go to them. We walked across the gorgeous gardens and got settled in the hammocks.
Laying there, listening to birds chirping around me and a distant wind chime, and kept warm by my soft robe, I could not imagine feeling more relaxed!
If you've read my post about my visit to the spa, then you might recognize the experience I'm referring to. I wanted to take a moment to share with you some of the reflecting I have done since that experience and what I have learned about motherhood from our trip to the spa.
It's interesting because the whole point of taking a trip to the spa was to escape the pressures of home. For me, that included mothering. If you're a mother then you can understand that need to occasionally get away and recharge. Taking a break from mothering can give you a new burst of energy and renewed motivation to rock that job when you return home!
After I returned home and reflected on my time at the spa, I noticed a thread of similarity that ran through some of my favourite parts of the experience. I loved the delicious, healthy meals that were provided for us. I loved the pampering of a massage and a relaxation and meditation class. I loved how kindly everyone treated us. As I thought about these things, I realized that what I loved most was that I was being taken care of!
After returning home, I joked about how nobody provided me with a gourmet meal when lunch or dinner rolled around. Then I thought about preparing dinner (a task that I just about loathe) and it occurred to me that as a mother, I am the one who "pampers" my family. I'm the one who gets to provide my children and husband with that experience- that feeling of being taken care of. (I should maybe put a disclaimer here: I do not cook meals every day for my family. I'm happy to have a husband who likes to cook and is better at it than I am!)
But thinking about my experience at the spa made me see some of my "housewife" duties differently. Rather than seeing them as annoying tasks to dread, I was able to see them as opportunities to bless my family.
Maybe this is something that you've already figured out or maybe it sounds really corny. It would have sounded corny to me before something clicked in my mind during the time just following our spa getaway.
Now I'm curious... how do you feel about your chores/tasks/duties at home? Do you like them or dread them? Do you think much about how they affect the others in your household? I wish we could be sitting across from each other, having this discussion because I'm always interested to hear how others feel!