Special needs

What do you do when you're home alone?

Amy enjoys an evening all to herself while Talia and Jack are out at a Toronto Maple Leafs game

By Amy Baskin
What do you do when you're home alone?

On Thursday after school and evening, from 3:30 to 11p.m., I was beautifully, blissfully alone. Some angel donated Toronto Maple Leafs game tickets to students with special needs at Tal’s school. Plus one parent per child was invited to come along. So while Jack and Tal hit the big city for the big game, I stayed back at the ol’ homestead. My plan? To do whatever my little heart desired.

For starters, I didn’t want to cook. So, I scooted to the grocery store to buy Dinner for One. For once, I didn’t care about making a balanced dinner. Instead, this was a cave to my cravings meal. So I came home with: an avocado, rice crackers, seaweed salad, edamame and a one-serving container of Skinny Cow cookies and cream ice cream. At home, I topped off my bizarre dinner with a crunchy celery stalk. Absolutely perfect.  

Seized by a sudden de-cluttering bug, I purged some papers, files, and old books in my home office. Then, at 9 p.m., I pulled out my sparkly, soft, blue and green yarns for a knit-fest in front of Grey’s Anatomy. (I’m making a blankie for Leah!) There’s nothing more soothing than knit-knit-click-click while Meredith and her surgeon buddies slice, dice and solve complicated romantic conundrums. (Are you a fan too?) 

At 11p.m., happy but tired, Jack and Tal arrived home. Too late for Tal’s usual bath. Only a quick kiss and toothbrush and off to bed. A perfect night for them, too.

Your turn. Do you often get a chance to be alone in the house? What do you like to do?

This article was originally published on Jan 24, 2012

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