Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Mother's Reflections

I have been spending much of my time buried in writing. Completing my last draft of my non-fiction article, and jotting down idea's, outlining, and completing character studies for the upcoming NaNoWriMo project. I feel spent.

I long for a place of tranquility. Away from screaming kids and barking dogs. A place of beauty, where I can calmly reflect on my writing goals, and write, undisturbed to my hearts content.

Then I get back to reality. The four children are hungry, they want a snack, they want to watch television, or play a game on the computer. For some reason they don't ever want to lock themselves away and read a book.

But this is the life I have chosen, and I don't regret it for a moment! Still a time of rejuvenation, and solitude can help me be a better wife and mother. If only at those times I could step out my door to a magnificent, lush, landscape. Where the sun is shining, flowers are in abundance, and a plush chair sits with my name on it. A girl can dream can't she.

So I will settle for the occasional, "Girl-Friends-Getaway", and my solitary escape to my local library or Panera. Where I can recharge and reflect on how thankful I am for my husband and children. Of course, only to return to laundry and dishes.

As my walls get dented, my carpet gets stained, and small toys find there way to every nock and cranny inside my four walls, it is still a small price to pay for the elation of hearing the words, "MOM" fill my ears!


  1. You could always lock yourself in the bathroom. I have a friend who does that occasionally.

  2. I already do that. Larry is beginning to wonder if there is something wrong with me.

    However, a bathroom-get-away is not the same as the place described above.

  3. Yeah you can still hear the kids and the dogs. Say I hear you love my leaves. Want to come and rake a few million up?

  4. I've heard massage therapy can do wonders!

    Seriously, you and Beth are both amazing the way you get any writing done at all! I just spent an afternoon with Charis, and all I could do was be a living mattress for her nap. If I moved, she'd wake up. So, I ended up mostly dozing, too. Not very productive! I wonder if anybody has written a novel using a Blackberry or iPhone? :)

  5. Dwight- name the day and I will bring my whole family over for a leaf raking party! We don't have any tall trees here. We always had so much fun at the old house raking leaves and jumping in piles! You guys have a little piece of heaven there, you're blessed!

    Laura- There is nothing to compare with having a baby asleep in your arms. How wonderful! I miss it!

    Three of my kids are in school so it is a little easier for me. Now Beth on the other hand will be a little more challenged, home-schooling and all. We should pray that the month of November will be smooth for her kids and their school work. You can do it Beth!!