Friday, December 23, 2011
BED VS. DAWN
It’s so funny! It is on a Saturday night and I noticed how everyone’s Christmas lights just went out at the same time. I believe it sums up our adult existence at the moment. We are all in our early thirties, have little children and are in bed, lights out, by , on a weekend, no less. This may be a normal routine for most, but to me it’s a little depressing. Let me explain why.
I can still remember my teenage years. The night just began at . Either we were piling into a car to hit the clubs or they were piling through my door to party. I never had wild parties with loud music and rowdy strangers. More like, friends coming to hang out, play cards, pass a doobi and drink beer. When I was really young, (the beginning of my teenage years) my girl friends would wait till their father passed out in front of the TV and we would slowly tip toe passed him, out the door and into the night until we would stumble home just before sun rise.
I still remember the streets and how eerily quiet the normally busy roads were. There was never a soul in sight and we would walk passed the rows of sleeping houses. I would think to myself, “If only these old people could see what I am witnessing right now.” I felt privileged to experience the serenity of . Not having to be anywhere…just having the freedom to roam the earth at such odd hours, felt wonderful.
Meanwhile, my girlfriends were ecstatic to be out patrolling for boys and out of their overly strict Arabic father’s clutches. But I was enjoying something different. I loved the freedom, but I also loved the fact that we were the only ones taking it all in. It’s a profound thought that I will never forget and I am reminded of this when all lights are out by . Yes! I know! I am a mom now. I have different priorities and joys in life. But when the kids are asleep and my hubby is on the couch indulged in sports and it’s a Saturday night and I’m not exhausted (like I normally would be) I will reminisce about a different life.
I know my old best friend is out there experiencing what I left behind. I don’t know if she loves it because I would guess, most free birds are looking for something more to fulfill their lives. But I know she was a world win of fun. You couldn’t hold her down and I’m glad because she showed me a world I will never forget. I’ll always keep her in my heart, even though my husband hated her. My husband was one path and she was the other. I chose right. Especially when it comes to my babies.
Well its ….off to bed, I guess. Maybe my dreams will take me down an empty road…..to 4 in the morning.