If anybody ever bothered to ask mothers of pre-schoolers what they would wish for if they could have anything in the whole world, I’m sure the unanimous answer would be, PRIVACY!
The privacy to be able to close the bathroom door and know that it will stay closed until she opens it again.
The privacy to be able to take a shower without the kids and any number of their friends coming in to see if they can have a snack.
The privacy to sneak a piece of candy without having to swallow it whole because one of the kids just walked into the room.
The privacy to be able to talk on the telephone without someone picking up the extension and yelling in her ear. Or without someone jumping up and down and waving his arms to get her attention. Or without someone disappearing in ominous silence.
The privacy to be able to have a neighbor over for coffee without someone climbing all over the table, or the neighbor, or both.
The privacy to have a glass of water, or pop, or milk that she can call her own.
A private place where she can leave a pencil on a table for a moment without worrying about who’s got it and what they are doing with it.
A private place where no one else will sew on her sewing machine, or type on her typewriter, or take the last page of her story for scratch paper.
A private place where she can dream of better days, or think, or write without someone asking a million questions, or screaming and fighting, or wanting a cookie, a drink, another cookie.
The privacy to be able to do something, anything, ALONE!