I admit, I love going to the nearby park every day. I don’t do it because it is good for my daughters to have exercise outdoors, I am actually doing it for myself. While other parents like to go to the park to play catch with their kids or chat with each other, I do it to be alone. They go to connect with their children, catch up on their friends lives and I go to disconnect for a while.
I disconnect from the constant chatter of my daughters, from media and enjoy an intimate moment with nature. I like solitude, this is my time during the day to relax and recharge my spirit. I may be sitting ona bench gazing at the magnificent sunset or walk to a nearest tree and hug it. I love trees and their energy, they are so powerful and deeply rooted in the Earth. I sometimes talk to them and allow them to whisper back to me. I observe two resident squirrels that keep coming to meet me almost every time I am at the park. I keep a vigil on my girls, too, my mama bear’s instinct is still there.
I usually ignore other parents unless I have to interact with them. Being slightly introverted, I prefer my peace and quiet so I stay away from occasional chit-chats and people I don’t feel deeply connected to. It may seem weird but I am too old to care about what others think of me. Then it is time to go back to my reality, my daughters talking one through another, piles of dishes to be washed, dinner to be served and so on. But now I am ready to face it!