Seasons changing, what's a mama to do in the dark?
Every year in late August I start looking at the sky fearfully each night, as the dark comes a few minutes earlier than the day before. There in the heat, I can feel the seasons changing, I can already sense the dark closing in around me, trapping me inside the way it will come November, December, January... ack! I am afraid of the dark. So is Debby, and she wonders just what she will do with her outdoor-loving two-year-old once the winter comes? And has anyone ever joined an evening playgroup for single mamas or those whose partners work at night? Last year we made a few suggestions for getting out in the dreary days: surely you have more!
I am not looking forward to the days getting shorter. My 2 year old daughter and I have spent almost every waking moment together at a park, zoo or other outside gathering place. She barely touches her toys anymore when we are home and is constantly running to the door and asking, "Outside now, Mommy?" I am worried sick about what will happen in the fall, when it is too dangerous to be walking home from the park in the dark, and then the winter, when it is dark before I even pick her up from day care.
I have a few ideas, like taking a class or two at the Mt. Scott community center, but after that, the only thing to do is go to the mall! And Stride Rite is about to get a restraining order against my daughter, who loves to sit on the floor for 15 minutes trying on every shoe there and ripping off price tags! So my question is, what is a mom to do all winter? Especially a single mom who can't take a few minutes to go on a solitary walk in the evening to escape the inevitable cabin fever?!? Has anyone ever developed evening play groups in their area, and if there are some, can I hear about one in SE? There must be some other working moms out there who crave some time with other moms while the kids play or snack. I am willing to start one up if there is any interest. What else do folks do with their toddlers/preschooler when the short, dark days arrive?