I asked her to tell me something she for sure loved about being a mom. “I was known as the Martha of birthday parties.” I loved the looking in catalogues to plan and have the kids and parents over to celebrate his birthday every year, themes of pirates, paintball, bowling, horseshoes, triathlons, and game shows.
She was a hero to mom’s who called for help in how to put together a fun, at home, birthday party. It wasn’t her career. She already had one of those. It was her playtime.
When I asked her if she wanted to keep doing that for others, she was instantly clear, “no more. I do it for my husband or my party gatherings for adults through out the year, maybe two a year.”
I continued, “So what do you need these days?” After brainstorming what might give a light of hope, she chose hobbies.
She needs a list of hobbies to add to her list. She wanted to know what women do with their extra time.
So let’s begin a list here. You can add on in the comments below.Photography, knitting, collages, skydiving, travel, baking, book clubs, animal rescue volunteering, soup kitchens, making cards for the year, art classes, dancing, singing, mentoring, costumes for school plays, cooking for teachers,Docent, kayaking, hiking, skiing, yoga, sewing, local politics, storytelling at a bookstore, flea markets, gardening, cooking classes, art galleries, shopping , astronomy, computer time, writing, decorating , adult classes at colleges, jazz clubs, karaoke, collecting dishes, skirts from scarves, beading, designing jewelry, making purses from boxes, promoting artists, designing webs, game night, tennis, golf, herb gardens, downloading music on ipods, watching movies , theater at local neighborhoods, emailing jokes and inspirational quotations.
So there is a beginning list to help us all have some fun.
We get by with a little help from a friend!
Please add your ideas to the comments below. Happy Holidays, Empty Nesters!