Thursday, August 5, 2010

Writer's Workshop ~ Time out!

Mama's Losin' It

I remember putting my nose in the corner a good many times when I was a child. Although then, it was a punishment to be away from everything and everyone, now sometimes, a time out is just what I need.

Yesterday, I needed a time out badly. I woke up on the wrong side of the bed. I was a hormonal mess for some reason. I wanted to cry most of the day, and at the same time, I felt super angry. I spent time praying, and that helped my mind, but my emotions were . . . emotional!

What a nice thing it would have been for Jason to have come home, looked at me, and said, "That's it! You are in time out! Go away to a corner somewhere and think."

I wouldn't have even said, "But Jason, can't I make supper and do the dishes?" I wouldn't have asked, "Do I have to?"

I would have gladly taken myself to the corner of my bedroom. There is a bookshelf there. I would have chosen a book and read myself into another world.

I would have taken myself to the corner of my bathroom without complaining. That's where our nice big garden tub is. I have candles sitting around it, and bubble bath on a stand right next to it.

I would have taken myself to the corner of town to the local ice cream shop. An ice cream cone can make most days a little brighter.

I would have taken myself to the corner of our guestroom. I would have laid down on that cozy bed and taken a nap.

Any of those corners would have been fine. However, life doesn't stop on our bad days, so instead, I took myself to the corner of the kitchen, made supper for my amazing husband, who patiently put up with my tears, and my emotions that I absolutely could not explain.

Next time, though. I'm just going to take a time out!

When is the last time you put yourself in the corner or gave yourself time out? Treat yourself like the special person you are!

** This post is part of MamaKat's Writer's Workshop! Check it out by clicking the button at the top of this post.


  1. Aw I want more time outs too!! I was an emotional mess myself yesterday... I laid down for a 15 minute nap and ended up sleeping for a couple of hours...It was just what I needed!! Of course..I don't have a family to cook for! Hope you are feeling better. Came over from MamaKats!

  2. Visiting from MamaKat's....time outs are so helpful and I really do wish we could all take advantage of them! Hope today is going better!

  3. I need a time out. I took a time out last weekend...I had my hair done and my nails done. Time out felt.....goooooood.

    A Long Drive

  4. Time outs are good.

    Stopped from Mama Kat's

  5. I'll join you! Those all do sound like wonderful corners.

  6. Are you expecting a little one Bethany? Hope you are feeling better soon.


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