• Thu. Dec 9th, 2021

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Spend the Day in Bed with a Good Book

It is wonderful to spend the day in bed with a good book. Everyone should have the opportunity to do that from time to time.

Today is a good day to spend the day in bed with a good book.

African American woman sitting in bed reading a book with the words "Spend the Day in Bed with a Good Book"

Today I am thrilled to give myself permission to spend the day in bed with a good book.  Many of the recent articles on this site have been dedicated to giving myself permission to do some wonderful things. I have taken a break from my children, followed a dream, and taken a bubble bath. Today, I am going to spend the day in bed with a good book.

When I was a young girl of nineteen, husband-free and child-free, I spent many Saturdays in bed with a pile of good books. It was wonderful. A two-liter diet Pepsi, a turkey and cheese hoagie, and some chips and I could get up at 8 am and stay in bed with my books until 9 pm or 10 pm that night and be happy.  

I have not spent a day like that in more years than I can remember. I remember doing it as a young married woman, but not since I have become a mama. Today, I am giving myself permission to spend the day in bed with a few good books, noise-canceling headphones, and some good gangsta gospel music. (For those who do not know, there is a big gangsta gospel music scene on the west coast of the United States.)  

I am going to get out my party tray: fresh tuna salad, raw string beans, baby carrots, three cans of diet Pepsi, two bottles of Fiji water, and some artisan chocolates. I am taking to my bed after I give the children breakfast and I am not emerging until after dinner. I am so excited.  

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My family has been warned. Two months ago I planned this day and told them all about it. The little twin is threatening to bring me food and snacks all day. I don’t think she quite gets the “Mommy likes to be alone sometime” idea. I have to find a way to make her understand that part of the fun of this day is being left alone. 

I am thanking my husband in advance because this day would not be possible without him standing between the children and me. I am excited about my mini staycation.  I have already fluffed the pillows in my mind. I have special sweet-smelling sheets set aside for the occasion. The chocolates I will be eating are divine to the taste, beautiful to the eye, and fragrant to the nose.

Today I am spending the day in bed with good snacks and good books. So, the question for you this sensational day is if you spent the day in bed with a good book, what would it be?

6 thoughts on “Spend the Day in Bed with a Good Book”
  1. Great post! It's always good to give yourself a mini vacation from all the hectic-ness of being a mother. Although I'm not a mother yet I have an idea of what it's like from witnessing all the things my mother deals with. Even though she says she's done having kids, she expresses her excitement about having grandchildren from my sister and I, after we get married of course! But I am glad that you take the time for yourself. I'm sure you deserve it!

  2. Thanks! As mothers, we have to give ourselves permission to be women. So many things in life are priorities and need our attention, but we have to take time, once in a while to do what we enjoy and teach our family to respect that time. We need to force ourselves to respect it also.

  3. Sounds absolutely heavenly. I have to learn to give myself permission to relax. By the time I got to page 25 I would start thinking about laundry, cooking, scouts any and every thing but myself. Great post.

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