That is the exact amount of time alone I received from shutting the door to the bathroom for a shower to the first knock from a child who absolutely "needed me at that moment". The reason to ask if a friend can come in the house to play. I told them to wait until I was out of the shower. Two minutes later another knock on the door which I ignored. My total shower time 7 minutes and 30 seconds. They were standing outside the door waiting for the water to stop.
Sigh. This is the part of being mom that tires me. This is the part I thought would go away as my children got older. I mean they are now 6, 9 and 10 and still can not wait for a whole 10 minutes before needing something. I really did understand when they were all under 6. I keep waiting for the day it gets better and my friends of teens say they still knock on the door and they should definitely know better.
It is on the day that I wait until 5pm to take a shower in the hopes I can have 10 uninterrupted minutes and still get interrupted three times that I wonder just for a moment what it would be like to put them all on the bus and watch them roll away and return home at 3 or 4pm. I watch some of the neighbors out walking their dogs, jogging, heading to starbucks, etc. Don't get me wrong, I don't really wish that was the case and I am glad we homeschool. I honestly am and I love spending time with my kids but sometimes I just crave 10 whole minutes alone in the quiet even if I have to double task and take my shower. I don't really think this is an unreasonable request.
In the time I wrote this post, maybe 15 minutes I have been interrupted at least once by each of the three kids and more than once by two of them :) My dog is barking on the deck, it is time to make dinner, my hair will remain wet probably until I go to sleep tonight and I will look forward to the moments after Serona falls asleep and before Sirah wakes up in the middle of the night to be alone in my thoughts if just for more than 3 minutes and 14 seconds.