Splintered Mind

Give me just five minutes. For the love of my own sanity, give me five minutes.

I’m a pretty tough and patient mamma. In all honesty, my tolerance level is really high. All mamma’s have to be in order to survive. However, the other evening I just couldn’t take it anymore. The kids were too much for me. A simple case of too noisy, too naggy, too tired, too excited. Everything was just too much on that day.

My husband rarely comes home before 7pm during a working week. I was lucky that evening he came in earlier and I escaped to our bedroom. He came in and I very politely asked him to please give me five minutes. I put my phone down, sat in our quiet room and just took a moment.

I was surprised to find that I could actually do nothing for a whole five minutes. It was absolute bliss. Besides the fact that my ears were ringing, yes ringing, I really felt much better afterwards.

Just know that it’s okay to need that break. We are only human. Everyone can commend you and compliment you for being such an awesome mom. But we do not need to live up to any of that all of the time.

Take care of yourself, take that break.

by Odette van Jaarsveld

I am a Mom to an independent, beautiful little girl and a strong, cuddly baby boy. I also have the privilege to be a wife to a very intelligent, handsome man. My life is filled with so much love, joy and very busy days....sometimes nights too.

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