Feeling the sun

I had a lightness to my step as I walked back down the sidewalk, crossed the driveway and looked for where I’d parked the van.

I felt happy. Tingly with excitement.

After seven years as a work-at-home mom, with either one or two kids at home with me while I work, I’m about to have two children in elementary school.

I’m not good at math, but two children in elementary school equals zero children underfoot for six hours each weekday. It equals about 30 hours a week for me to work, all alone, without a peep from anyone except Annabelle. It equals 30 hours a week to breathe and be a professional and savor the silence and get things done, or, maybe, get absolutely nothing done.*

*Nah, that’s not likely. Even my hobbies are productive.

And so, today, on this sunny Thursday morning, I did something I’ve wanted to do for more than seven years.

"When was the last time I couldn’t wait for something? When was the last time I looked forward to something so special that was just for me?

I signed up for a pottery class.

For two and a half glorious hours, one morning a week for three months, I will learn and experiment and try new things and create with my hands. I’ll leave my phone on Do Not Disturb (set so I can get phone calls from the school, but not emails and social notifications) while I get deliciously messy and clay-covered.

I might want to bring an apron, she said. (Yayyyyy! I’m going to sew a special pottery one!) And a notebook, for writing down what I did on a certain day or what techniques I want to try. (Yayyyyyyy! I LOVE notebooks! It’s like going back to school except without the social studies and teenage-girl drama!)

I’m bursting with anticipation and it feels strange. I can’t wait. I really, really can’t WAIT. When was the last time I couldn’t wait for something? When was the last time I looked forward to something so special that was just for me?

I’m going to throw a pot, guys. Is that what you say? I’ll soon find out.


6 Comments on “Feeling the sun

  1. This is amazing! What a joyful post to read. Thank you for sharing.

    I think a pottery class sounds amazing.

    I hope it is as amazing as I think it will be.


  2. Oh, this has inspired me to look gor something creative to hve on my schedule as well. I am in the same place…youngest starting kindergarten. Time for me…what is that? Guess i will find out soon. Enjoy and I can’t wait to see your creations.


  3. I remember the feeling of having both kids in school, it’s very liberating. (PS I have always wanted to take a pottery class!)


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