by Leighann on July 4, 2011

Today is the Fourth of July and I am celebrating “freedom.”
Freedom from obligation!

I am functioning in a state of utter exhaustion, both mental and physical. I know you can empathize. I know you feel my pain.

It’s rare that I sleep the night through. And even when I get a straight seven hours I quickly become exhausted again.

I’m pulled in so many directions. My “to do” list is this long. My inbox is overflowing. My snail mail is stacked high.

I have boxes from our move last June that are still unpacked.

I can’t remember the last time I cleaned the bathrooms, let alone the rest of the house.

(Who’s idea was it to let the cleaning lady go when we moved? Oh yeah, mine.)

I work almost full-time. I am the class parent at Q’s school. I lead lunchtime book club this spring. I am on my son’s preschool board of directors.

I write this blog and another. I am moderating a social network for parents of children with diabetes. I am trying to get a business started (D-related, yay!).

When I received an e-mail recently asking me to take a position with the elementary school’s PTA. Do you know what I said?

I said no.

Without guilt, without excuses. Just a simple “thank you for thinking of me, but I cannot commit at this point.”


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sue/RFamHere July 4, 2011 at 10:00 am

Feels good to say no now and then, doesn’t it?


2 Amy July 4, 2011 at 10:03 am

Good for you!!!!! It is one of the hardest things to dao but most gratifying when do. Just don’t get too used to it 😉


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