I just realized, thanks to this post, that I am an introvert. I really thought that because I'm not shy and quiet, I'm an extrovert. But it's more a question of what energizes me and what drains my energy - introverts are drained by people and energized by solitude and yes, socializing slowly drains away my energy.
(Ben after playing in the rain - we've had so much rain!)
Suddenly my marriage came into focus: all the times my husband eagerly accepts social invitations while I pluck at his elbow wondering if we can go home yet. An hour at parties is enough for me, but my husband is just getting going.
I still recall the endless stream of visitors after Ben was born when I started to panic because I just couldn't bear to socialize anymore and that sent me into a guilty tizzy because these were dear friends and family! But, duh, if I had only realized then that I am an introvert, I would have been kinder to myself and firmer to the visitors that I would see them another day. Or handed Ben to them and gone off for a little solitude.
Now it wonders me if all homemakers are introverts. . . energized by nesting, solitary puttering, and domestic projects. Do extroverts like being at home if they can entertain a lot?
Chime in and tell me: are you an introvert or an extrovert? How does it affect your homemaking?
(linking up with Like Mother, Like Daughter's collection today - go check it out! I picked photos of my children to illustrate the pretty, happy, funny, and real aspects of our life together.)