When one of my best friends in Texas called and asked me to go back home to NOLA for Jazz Fest with her, I ran straight to my closet to dust off my tie-dye shorts and make sure they were ready!
We decided to make a girls trip of it and leave our kids and husbands at home. As I packed the brightest and funkiest outfits I owned (fest hat included), I couldn’t help but celebrate the fact that no snacks, sippy cups, or wet wipes were needed! We were going to be kid free for an entire weekend!
When we got there, we immediately headed straight to Jazz in the Park and took in an amazing performance by Kermit Ruffins! We bought jewelry and funky sunglasses and ate and drank and danced, and not one person called me Mom the entire night! It was fabulous!
My friend’s mom and aunts were Jazz Fest pros, and they knew exactly how to make the most of the next day as we headed to The Fest. We packed up relatively quickly and everyone even peed before we left the house without having to be yelled at reminded 20 times!
The tie-dye sisters were in full force! They had awesome outfits, tambourines, a bracelet harmonica, and homemade hats, one of which was not complete without Gaston the gator! We rolled out our blanket and took in the sights, sounds, and sunshine, and we even sang and made a little music of our own! We didn’t have to worry about schedules and naps or keeping little ones quiet and entertained! We were on fest time!
Jazz Fest could easily be a family affair as well, and I can’t wait to take my children, but sometimes moms just need some time for themselves too. I didn’t really realize it until I got there, but I needed a mommy break, and I needed New Orleans. Returning home to the spirit and culture of New Orleans refreshed me! It took me back to my roots, made me feel like more than just a mom, and it helped me to slow down and appreciate the simple things in life: food, friends, family, and the Fai Do Do tent! (which I just learned how to pronounce!)
I think that all moms should take a weekend to themselves, where they can let loose, have fun, and ditch responsibility for a few hours, and there’s no better place to get away and have some fun with your girlfriends than at a NOLA festival! At Jazz Fest you can tap into your inner musician; you can be a foodie or a free spirit! You can even be a New Orleanian if just for a day!
After going to French Quarter Fest last year with some of my girlfriends and Jazz Fest this year, I think I’m going to make mommy festing an annual tradition! Next time any of you mamas get tired and need a break, think about planning a girls’ day or weekend to head out and fest like a mother! I promise you’ll be so glad you did, and those baby hugs and kisses will be all the sweeter when you return!