Summer is winding down. Far faster than I’m prepared for. My kids will be headed back to school soon, and not only is our better-get-this-done list long and difficult, it’s the hardest back-to-school time I’ve ever faced.
When my kids had their first day of preschool, I sat in the parking lot and cried. They marched right inside, excited to start their school career. (I don’t think they’re quite as excited about school anymore, though.) I, on the other hand, was traumatized. What if they needed me? That’s why I waited in the parking lot.
Well, I waited there until the administrator came out and told me I was squandering the little free time I had in the day. I thought she was just making a suggestion, but then she pretty much kicked me off-property, telling me if I was needed, I’d be called. But I wouldn’t be needed.
And she was right.
I handled the rest of the first days pretty well after that, even though I missed the kids being around. I didn’t really cry anymore, and by day two I was back in a routine.
This year is different, though. This year my youngest goes away to school. It’s the first time I won’t see her beautiful face every day, won’t get to attend her matches and other school events.
And how am I preparing for this adjustment? Poorly, for starters.
My family is plagued with having a writer in it—me. And while I should be enjoying my little girl for these last few weeks, I’ve been laboring under deadlines. I mean, it’s summer, so I’m trying to take some time off, but I still have to work. And not only am I working, I’m being a writer. Which means at any given time, I’m asking someone in my family what they think of a method of torture, a weapon for killing, a romantic quadrangle… something out of left field and completely inappropriate for a final conversation with someone.
Okay, that’s a bit dramatic. It’s not our final conversation. It just feels… well, final.
Long story short, I’m sad and I’m weird and my daughter is leaving soon. Writers do happen to the best of families. I’m just glad my family has embraced it.
The organized links of the week.
Short Fiction/WP DP Challenge Links:
- Saturday | Company Man
- Sunday | The Ultimate Act of Love
- Monday | The No in Noel
- Wednesday | Emergency!
Links to Posts on Sites I’m Affiliated With:
- Tuesday | my site | Book Review of C. S. Boyack’s The Enhanced League
- Wednesday | C. S. Boyack at Story Empire | Not Actually a Guru
- Friday | Authors at Story Empire | Curated Writing Links
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