He Found His Wife All Alone at 5:30 A.M.—Then It Hit Him “Like a Ton of Bricks”

As moms, we often wish that our husbands would “get it.” My husband is the most amazing dad, but my kids, despite my urging (LOL) still see me as the “default parent.” Even when my husband is home, they come to me first. They will walk past him sitting in the middle of the house to track me down in the bathroom and intrude on my precious potty time to ask if they can have a snack. Though my husband does most of the laundry, they still ask me where their clothes are. YOU get it, if you’re a mom and you’re reading this.

It’s a GIFT when our husbands get it, too. So when I read a blog post written by a husband who had an “a ha” moment about why his wife needs her alone time, I knew I had to share.

Shawn Waugh, the husband half of the married couple behind the blog Nearly Never Normal, writes about how he recently stumbled into the kitchen at 5:30 a.m. to find his wife already there, alone. As he noisily stirred condiments into his coffee, she hissed at him, Don’t wake the kids!”  

Waugh writes that he was at first taken aback by this not-so-cheery morning greeting from his beloved better half, but then, he says, “It hit me like a ton of bricks.” His kids would be up in 30 minutes, and he would be headed out the door to work. His wife NEEDED her alone time. He says:

“This is the most precious time of her day.  It’s her quiet time.  The only time of the day she can sit alone in pure silence.  This is her time.  Her time to pray, read a daily devotional, the Scriptures, drink her coffee (that she made quietly), or even just meditate on the day ahead. It is her alone time! “


Jenny Rapson
Jenny Rapson
Jenny is a follower of Christ, a wife and mom of three from Ohio and a freelance writer and editor.

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