Dear, sweet children:
I adore you with all my heart, but please, please, please: I prefer to go to the bathroom all by myself. Now that you’re a little older, no longer is it required that you accompany me out of safety, and accompanying me because you’re bored is just not a good enough reason, in my opinion.
At times you’ve observed that I spend “a long time” in there. This may or may not be due to the fact that I’m hiding from you.
Please understand that your mother is an introvert, and as such, enjoys and requires a certain amount of space and absence of noise in order to function properly. Failure in this regard will almost certainly result in the loss of my marbles.
I assure you that while I often need a few moments of solitude, you remain, forever and always, my truest loves.
Even if I lock you out of the bathroom while I’m in there, doing nothing but staring off into space, with my hands over my ears.
(Inspired by the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitude)