A corner of a room even, just big enough for a comfy chair, a table, a small bookcase, and a computer. And a door. I would take that, just to have a place that's mine.
Do you have a place? Not your office at work, not your kitchen or bedroom or butler's pantry or whatever - those are shared spaces. Is there a place that is yours?
I don't have a place, and suddenly I feel a need of one.
I have always used the bathtub as "my place." I like to read in the tub and it helps me unwind. (But even my bathtub is not private. Our house is an open design - so our bedroom and bathroom are just - open. No door. Except on the little potty room, which I call a Water Closet. Half the time the kids are running in and out, offering me toy sharks to play with, and the TV is blaring.)
Besides, I need more than a tub. I do try to write now. I'd like a desk with a pretty lamp, and wallpaper with birds on it, and maybe stuff that's PINK or trimmed with pom poms for gawd's sake - I am a GIRL. (And obviously a 12 year old girl.) I want a drawer where I can file my things - cards the kids give me, Cub Scout paperwork, magazine clippings, and receipts. I want to hang some of the pictures I take.
In the last two years I've felt this increasing need for quiet time. Sometimes when I'm writing, at the computer in the family room, and the kids are yelling and playing and banging and asking me questions every 2.3 seconds, I think I'll scream. I want to drag the computer into the laundry room and close the door. I could still hear them, but they couldn't see me and they'd leave me alone for longer increments.
I don't know - I think it's bad when Mommy wants to hide.
I also want a place to pray. At home. But in quiet aloneness where I can relax and oh my goodness maybe, possibly, not be distracted by 1001 other things. (And be free to fumble with my Rosary cheat sheet in private.) Would I pray more if I had a room of my own? All I know is I am looking for a way to regularize and deepen my prayer life and I either need or want some solitude in which to do it. So the answer is I don't know but it couldn't hurt.
Where is your place? Or maybe the question is, how do you re-charge?
Photo snagged from this home office decorating article.