I am ecstatic that I didn’t.
Writing deadlines loom, it’s an early pick-up day at school, laundry beckons (it really does — if it doesn’t get done soon, it will walk out the door on its own to the dry-cleaners!), and a fundraiser I agreed to help out with is this weekend is looming, so E-mails are flying furiously because we don’t yet have enough volunteers to man the silent auction! :O
I had made arrangements a couple of weeks ago to meet at the closest Starbucks after morning drop-off with another mom at school I really like. Unfortunately, the extent of our connections have only been at school — a quick chat on the playground, lamenting about the getting-out-the-door-on-time routine, etc. Just snippets of interactions stolen when the kids weren’t looking, really.
So, I figured it was time to do something about that.
I am SOOOO glad that I didn’t reschedule. We spent the best two hours (yes, two hours!) over coffee that I’ve had in a long time. Having a little extra “me” time to connect with someone outside my usual world of business E-mails and telephone calls — having an actual face-to-face conversation with someone just for the fun of it, and not for an article I’m writing — was rejuvenating and exhilarating! (I know, I really do need to get out more often).
The funny thing is that I do get out. Dear Hubby and I do make a pretty regular practice of having date nights, but there hasn’t been as much time for cultivating my friendships with women.
After this morning’s talk, I’m actually pumped to start working this afternoon and the rest of the week to meet that deadline! Rather than feeling like I should have been writing during those couple of hours, I have a sense of regenerated purpose and motivation.
Maybe that sounds a bit sad and perhaps a little extreme. But now I know that I had better put something like this on my schedule every couple of weeks so I feel like there’s more to my life than work crunches, picking up the dry cleaning and afternoon snack time.
Don’t let me forget, OK?