Saturday! Kind of salvation after a week full of work, meetings, stuffed inbox and deadlines. You dreamed about it for whole past week, you waited for it. Maybe you’ll slow down today, stop running crazily between work, home, kindergarten, a meeting with your boss or your client. You will walk in your pyjamas until noon, eat a lazy breakfast with your family and finally have some time for pleasures.. or careless fun with bricks and colouring books with your child, long family visit to your favourite restaurant, meeting with friends you haven’t seen for a while or a long walk.
Oh wait! Suddenly it turns out that you have some duties on Saturday or even Sunday! Different stuff, not at work or at the desk but still. On one hand you’re spending time with your kid and husband but some of your weekend and a part of you is consumed by DUTIES. Because you HAVE to do shopping for the whole week. You HAVE to visit your mother-in-law for lunch – she invited you last week, right? And she said she’ll cook some pork chops especially for little Chris. You HAVE to go! And there’s some cleaning up to do! You SHOULD finally tidy up the place – look at this mess! And sort the kids’ clothes before winter, clean their room and fix the scooter. A trip for some boxes for all these toys to IKEA should be a good idea! Oh, and you should vacuum the place. FINALLY! And in the morning, you SHOULD make a chicken soup, or a cucumber one – the kids’ ate at the kindergarten for the whole week, time for a proper homemade lunch. Oh wait… there’s no chicken! You SHOULD go to a butcher’s too…
And suddenly, you realise that on weekend you’re also covered in duties and you try to catch up. What if you let it go?? Just for a moment, for a weekend, for two days. Tell yourself: I won’t clean, cook, go to mama or mother-in-law for lunch, I won’t sort, I won’t wash the clothes. I won’t go shopping, I’ll let it go… at least until Monday. And I’ll go somewhere! I’ll lock the door behind me, lock the mess inside and stop thinking about it. I’ll get on a random train and enjoy the moment, sometimes together, sometimes with kids. NO DUTIES.
That’s what we did. At 10.30 on Saturday I was still thinking what I have to do and wondered if I should start with cleaning in Maks’ room, loading up the laundry machine, ironing or vacuuming and cleaning the floor. The wardrobe in the corridor also could use some tidying up. It might have failed the white glove test..
And then Łukasz said: ‘lets’ take the Pendolino to Gdańsk and stay for the weekend! It leaves at 12.40!’ And you know what? For a moment I thought of all the things I HAD to do. That I won’t make it for the train, that I should start cleaning before we go, how can I even pack in this mess? And then I saw how happy Maks will be to ride Pendolino, I saw us walking the Długi Targ street or Monciak i Sopot, I felt the smell of the sea, the taste of fish and waffles and I said ‘Let’s go!’. I made an even bigger mess as I was packing us superfast! I took the suitcase and a bag and locked the door. I’m a bit afraid of our return to this home jungle 🙂 But our weekend is going to be great. No duties. NOPE. We’re going for a ship cruise in a minute, then for lunch in Gdynia and for a walk in Sopot!
Try it one day. Let go of everything. Buy a ticket for a train. You don’t have to go far, spend a lot in order to feel like on holidays 🙂