Recently I have witnessed an uptick in the proliferation of Bucket lists, lists people create of things they want to accomplish before passing away. I’ve seen bucket lists for people of all ages, including a recent bucket list parents created for a newborn baby and I’ve seen them for pets. I was trying to relax the other evening and decided it was time to create my single mom bucket list so here it is:
1. Come home to a clean house on a regular basis. Ok, honestly I’ll settle for a house that isn’t dirtier than it was when I left that morning, never mind I’d settle for a clean litter box once a day.
2. A personal grocery shopper. Can you imagine groceries appearing in your home? I would LOVE never having to figure out what was going to be for dinner, picking up groceries and cooking every night.
3. A well-stocked pantry and refrigerator (a single income, no child support budget is more restricted than dual income budget). Really this should be a well-stocked wine cellar but that would be a tad bit selfish, wouldn’t it?
4. A vacation. A real vacation. Beach, wine, massages, a significant other that makes my heart go pitter patter and my vajajay sing his praises.
5. Learn how to swim. I made sure all my children took swimming lessons. They are all avid accomplished swimmers. Mom, though? Cannot swim. Cannot even float.
6. A good man who loves me and I love him and all that comes with a new relationship, including incredible sex.
7. A drama-free week. My divorce continues to be extremely acrimonious. A mentally ill ex makes a drama free day impossible, let alone an entire week.
8. A good nights’ sleep. I admit I didn’t sleep well married, parenting chronically ill children caused me to stop sleeping properly, but a girl can dream.
9. Financial Stability – no explanation required
10. Complete my college degree, 30 hours shouldn’t be that difficult to complete, right? Somehow getting my own children through college has taken priority and my career goals and degree seem years away from possible.
11. Breast augmentation, seriously the girls need to balance the booty.
12. A holiday season without family drama, no ex stress, no aren’t you getting married? No one trying to make me feel guilty for ending my marriage. A simple, honest happy holiday season.
13. A room full of Louboutins, Brian Atwood and every shoe I can possible desire
Should it be easy to accomplish this list? I don’t have “meet a celebrity” on the list or jumping out of an airplane. I didn’t even list winning the lottery or appearing on Ellen’s show, oh how I would love to meet her, though. I didn’t even ask for a mansion or a sports car. I kept my list simple!
I would have a different list for myself if I weren’t a single mom. Living the remainder of my life in a warm climate, winning the lottery and becoming astonishingly beautiful. I would like to learn how to do my eyeliner like a pro, take dancing lessons and pay cash for a nice car. I do want to jump out of an airplane, that should make the list.
So tell this tired, happy but not perfect single mom, what would be on your single mom’s bucket list? I would love to figure out what I missed, exhaustion does funny things to our brains, doesn’t it? What would you add, a Lego free home perhaps? Hmmmm now I may need to add that.
Have fun writing up your single mom bucket list!
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