Archive for October 11th, 2013


It was a Saturday evening, after a day of laundry and housework, after a long week of out-of-the-house work. I was tired, hormonal and had simply been just surviving for far too many days in a row.

So, out of the house (where more housework awaited) to my friend’s house for a coffee. Originally it was to be a cute and trendy coffee shop, but we both decided it was only right to save our pennies (even if they no longer exist in Canada) and have our coffee at her house … which would be emptied of her hubby, her Littles, and their homestay student.

Once there and our cups warmed, I mentioned a new TV channel I had heard about … the karaoke channel. Since my friend is a kindergarten teacher, I thought it might be a fun way to help kids in their learning to read, as the song lyrics are on the screen as the song plays.

Well, in seconds she had sought, and found, the channel … and an hour and a half later, when her two kids and hubby returned, one would think that they had entered an eighties dance club. We were singing from the songs we had saved in our queue, at the top of our lungs, complete with air guitar (it was the eighties, after all).

What a reprieve from the mundane routine of life … sleep, work, housework … Best of all was the laughter, from the pit of our beings, it burst from our insides out, removing the fatigue that sometimes resides within our beings.

We females, we people, need laughter, we need fun! There is a reason that recess is scheduled in for students in elementary schools … it provides a reprieve from all that is expected for a little while, so that, when recess is over, students are better able to do what is expected of them … the hard work. So too we adults need periodic recess breaks, to let loose. It might not be karaoke for you (nor did I ever think it would be for me), but instead a sport, a comic movie, a walk in the park, a visit to a new town or an episode of your favorite show, with a good friend or family member. The thing that we need to remember is that we need recess … it makes us better able to do what is expected.

And just so you can try this out for yourselves :

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