But then, it hit me...................
...................... a child free weekend!!!
Oh, the relaxed feeling I have knowing that no one is going to pop up and say "Can you open this for me?", "Can you fix this?", "Can I go on your laptop?" or "What shall I do now?".
No having to listen to piano practice, paint your own mugs, bake cookies or make sticker pictures.
No forcing her to brush her teeth, have a wash and brush her hair (at the age of 8 she still won't believe that yes, you have to do it every morning)
This morning, I just picked up my handbag and left the house as I used to do years ago. No trying to pursuade a sulky, whinging child to put her shoes on and fetch a coat whilst saying "Yes, we do need to go and buy food or there will be no tea!"
This afternoon I can sit down with a book and a cup of tea undisturbed.
Thank you, Brown Owl.