One perk of teaching is getting to eat lunch every day with the students, three of which are my own children. My partner teacher and I switch back and forth between tables. Her table always seems to be the fun one.
Yesterday my table was talking about moms and travelling, as one mom had been out of town for a few days and returned the night before. We discussed how it’s hard for dads and kids when moms are out of town. Everyone needs lots of grace.
One student commented that her mom has never gone away before except for an anniversary trip with her dad.
My child interjected that moms need time to get away and take trips alone sometimes.
You know how you take a hamster out of its cage and put it in a hamster ball to run around? It’s like that. Moms need to get out, too.
So there you have it. My child’s perspective.
The more I think about it, the more true it rings. If you take the hamster completely out of the cage, it’s outta there! Bye Bye! Try to find and catch me now.
The hamster ball ensures that you know where the hamster is and that it will eventually return to its rightful home. There’s comfort in that for those left behind to clean out the cage.
I’m grateful for a husband and children that show me grace and understand the need for space. I’m grateful for the times I can get in my hamster ball and just let loose 😉