It’s always been tough for me to write during the summer months when the kids are not in their regular school routine. With a houseful of people who have different work and sport schedules and also having an office that’s located right next to the front door of our house, I’m constantly interrupted.
“Hey mom, can you take me to…?”
“What are we having for dinner?”
“Do you know if we have any paper towels?”
“Mom, are you here?”
Writing is not something I can start and stop – just like that. I need uninterrupted time to think, to plan, to design.
I used to rage at the injustice – yelling to the Gods “what about me???”, but these days, I just sort of let it go. That’s because I have (finally) changed my thinking.
When summer first began, I made this small sign and put it on my desk.
That was my goal for each day. That was it. Just one hour of writing. Everything else was considered gravy.
There were some days when I got a heck of a lot more than one hour of writing in, but that tended to be the exception rather than the rule.
And then there were the days when I needed to cobble some time together in between driving and sports events to even come up with that one hour.
But for the most part, I got an hour in each day. I reached my goal and I managed to get some work done during the summer.
On Tuesday, my youngest goes back to high school. Two of my other kids will be at college and the rest will be working jobs.
And you know what that means, right?
It means a quiet house where I’m going to have large chunks of time all to myself.
On the first day of school, along with my white pants, I’ll be packing my One Hour sign away. If I need it next summer, I’ll know where to find it.
But for now, look out. If I could still get work done writing one hour a day, just imagine what I can do with six!
Wendy Thomas is an award winning journalist, columnist, and blogger who believes that taking challenges in life will always lead to goodness. She is the mother of 6 funny and creative kids and it is her goal to teach them through stories and lessons.
Wendy’s current project involves writing about her family’s experiences with chickens (yes, chickens). (www.simplethrift.wordpress.com) She writes about her chickens for GRIT, Backyard Poultry, Chicken Community, and Mother Earth News.