Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Before I Was a Mom

One of my favorite things to do is to spend hours walking through a bookstore, searching the shelves for anything of interest. I am often amazed at what I discover. This was obviously done pre-kids as now all trips to the bookstore entail searching the children's section with the same intensity and discernment I once applied to my search of the shelves on my own behalf. Finding a book for myself now means running by as fast as I can on the way to the children's section and grabbing whatever book falls off the shelf as I go by.

However, back when I could search for hours I would often grab a book and read it right there in the store. I sometimes wonder if the reason my daughter will sit and read for hours is because I used to do that when pregnant with her and even when she was an infant, silently hoping she too would love books as much as I do. She does!

Whenever my husband says he'll hang out with the kids so I can get things done I always secretly hope I will end up at the bookstore. Inevitably I run out of time and am rushed, but every once in a while I am able to escape for a few hours to peruse the shelves as I used to.

So, what are some of your favorite past times that don't get the attention that they used to?


Joanne said...

Well my kids are older now, so it's been awhile since I've lost my past times. But I remember my clothes shopping suffering. I always bought outfits for them first, and by then with tired kids, it would be time to go home. So it was a great to be able to go clothes shopping for myself! Now, they're always game to go shopping!

Robyn said...

Mine is similar -- since I'm trying to cut down on the number of books I'm actually buying, it's the library.

Last night, I had an hour to myself (gasp) b/c I didn't feel like working late and my FIL was watching Bear, so I went to the library and sat down and read. The quiet is SO soothing.