This year I made my decision early on what present I want for Mother’s Day – a staycation (not on the actual day itself, but later on in the month).
I’ve booked myself a room in a nice hotel (but not too expensive) in the city and I will be staying there for a night sans family.
Some of you are probably screaming “selfish bitch” while some of you are turning green with envy.
A staycation, I realised, is what I want each year. One day a year, I want to be a person – not a mum, not a wife, not a cook, a cleaner and all that.
I’m a bit of a loner with a dash of hermit so being on my own is something I cherish – even more so after having a child. When I was living in Singapore, I was on my own, doing my own thing and not answering to anyone about my activities. I sometimes miss that freedom.
Why not get out of the house when she’s at daycare?
That’s the thing. I work when she’s at daycare. I work like a horse. I don’t have time to walk around the city for no apparent reason. If I were to exert the effort to go on a train and go to the city, there has to be a purpose – and it can’t be just one purpose because otherwise I find that’s a waste of time as well.
And no, going out of the house to do the groceries or shop for kids’ stuff is not considered “going out”.
For this one day(ish) and one night of staycation, I plan to dine alone, watch a movie alone, sleep alone and have breakfast in my room alone. I might write. I might walk around and take photos. I might indulge in gourmet chocolates. I might sleep with the TV on (this is a habit I’ve done since I can check in a hotel room on my own – sleep with the TV on CNN). I might have a bath or a mani pedi. I might even do nothing and just be.
But whatever I do, I know this is what I want. I am so looking forward to this.
And if any of you PR people want to sponsor my next staycation, then I so welcome it.
So mums, book your staycations NOW!