When my boys were babies, there was a mom in my Mommy group who said, “It feels sometimes like I’m living the same week over and over again.”
That perfectly captured what it is like to be a stay at home mom with young children. Your life exists only as routine — bathing, feeding, dressing, cooking, cleaning, washing clothes. Repeat, repeat, repeat.
It once again feels like that, now that I am widowed. There isn’t any reason for it to feel this way. The kids and I go places and do different things every week. There are holidays and seasons, birthday parties and movies, classes and scouts. If anything, there is less routine in my life now. I am most likely overcompensating by filling our lives with activities.
Still, it feels like there is no reprieve from daily life. I get the kids ready for school, drop them off and then either work or run errands. I pick them up at my parents’ house. We do homework and have dinner and either watch some TV or do baths unless it is a night where we have activity planned. Then it’s bedtime for them and TV/Chores/Staying up until I pass out time for me.
Nobody is here to say, “I’ll do the cooking tonight.” Nobody is here to tell the kids, “It’s after bedtime,which means Mom is off duty. Come to me if you need anything.” Nobody is here to embark on some project like painting the fence that will consume us all.
To be fair, I have had my share of projects. My downstairs is currently half painted.
So I am not sure why it feels so monotonous, but it does.
Maybe it is the simple lack of someone to talk to. Perhaps the presence of another adult, someone to tell about my day, someone to make comments to while watching TV, maybe that is what I am missing. Maybe the simple act of turning to the person next to you and saying, “Whaaaat? I did not see that coming. Did you see that coming?” is what transforms an evening in front of the TV from being sad and monotonous to being fun and engaging. Maybe being able to complain to someone about the mountain of dishes elevates washing them from being lonely to being, I don’t know, not lonely.
That is what I feel now. Bored and lonely, and like every day is the same. Every week is on repeat. The morning routine, the night time routine. Over and over. I know it isn’t true. I know last weekend we went to a Halloween party and the weekend before that we went to a scouting event and this week the kids were out of school on Friday but we all had fevers so we didn’t do anything.
I know my days are not on repeat, but they still feel repetitive.
And now I am being repetitive in this blog. Sorry about that.
I don’t know what to do.
I just feel so sad.