Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Where is Your Oasis?

Oasis: something serving as a refuge, relief, or pleasant change from that which is usual, annoying, difficult, etc.  


My daily oasis lies in an empty house, a glass of wine and a good book. Time for myself in my own home. In the winter, the fireplace completes the picture. The cuddling up immersed in something other than family is my renewal time. 

Of course, nature always takes me away to that place where the spirit breathes and expands, where the heart sings and refreshes. Entertainment from quacking ducks and chirping birds. Canada geese flying overhead. Even the feel of the earth beneath my hands as I work in the yard anchors me to my very essence. My roots give me peace.  

Sometimes I feel guilty wanting my own oasis away from it all. Responsibility and the 'mom' complex fight against that need to refresh, that need to be selfish for a little bit time. The girls know that the adults need adult time just as they need time with their friends, doing the things they love. Not every activity needs to involve everyone. We can all feel good asking time for ourselves.  

My friend had a birthday. I decided to surprise her with a pedicure. The place where I took her had an upstairs room with only two pedi chairs. I took a half bottle of wine, and we celebrated on our own little oasis. Pampering. It does the body good.


I have no idea where all of this came from today. Perhaps from looking at the piles of laundry and clutter that needs gathering. Maybe it's the glimpses of sun that calls to me. I have given up guilt in order to find my oasis. 


Ahhhhhhh. Don't bother me. I'm on my oasis.

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