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I dared to leave my three young children and spend a month with strangers – and it was blissful | Saima Mir

    Motherhood had stripped me of everything that came before. In a small Italian villa, I was reunited with my old self

    In May this year, I left my husband and three children to spend a month in Italy with a group of people I’d never met before. It was the first time in my life I had ever done anything so self-centred.

    It all began just before Christmas, when I was invited to apply for a place at a writers’ retreat. As the default parent to three boys aged 10, seven, and five, I was reluctant. I usually navigate mealtimes, school drop-off and pickup, swimming, martial arts and various musical instrument lessons. I was not sure how my husband would manage on his own.

    Saima Mir is a freelance journalist and author of the 2021 novel The Khan

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    ​Motherhood had stripped me of everything that came before. In a small Italian villa, I was reunited with my old selfIn May this year, I left my husband and three children to spend a month in Italy with a group of people I’d never met before. It was the first time in my life I had ever done anything so self-centred.It all began just before Christmas, when I was invited to apply for a place at a writers’ retreat. As the default parent to three boys aged 10, seven, and five, I was reluctant. I usually navigate mealtimes, school drop-off and pickup, swimming, martial arts and various musical instrument lessons. I was not sure how my husband would manage on his own.Saima Mir is a freelance journalist and author of the 2021 novel The KhanDo you have an opinion on the issues raised in this article? If you would like to submit a response of up to 300 words by email to be considered for publication in our letters section, please click here. Continue reading… US news | The Guardian

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