Writing when you have two kids is sometimes a real pain in the keister.
It always feels like I’ve just really hit my stride by the time my kids come home from school. Oh, sure, I’ve been writing for hours by that point, but that’s when I really seem to hit the groove. They come bounding in, all talk about their day and asking for a snack, and while I’m glad to see them, I can’t help but think, Couldn’t I just have another hour? Please?
Every day, though, I run my head against the same wall. They get a snack. I get my lunch. They sit down to do their homework, and the place is quiet. I sit down, I get a couple paragraphs written, I’m just finding that stride…
…and someone needs me to check their math. So I break off the story and go through multiplication tables. Then I go back to it, and I’m just finding it again…
…and someone needs me to check their English. Then I need to go over directions for a worksheet. Then I have to check it. Then I have to shoo them off to do chores. By the time they’re ready to go entertain themselves and each other, I’ve ripped out my hair and wondered, Why don’t I just wait til they’re done? Why do I do this to myself every day? Pavlov must be rolling in his grave.
Yesterday, my daughter hauled out her pogo stick and asked if she could take the beginner’s stand off it, and do it for real. I said, “Well, Daddy or I need to be out there when you do that.” She said, “But Mommy…you’re always writing.”
I hit “save”, I got up, and I went outside with her. Sometimes, the interruption is more important.