I’m home right now.

That may not sound like much- I’m home right now– but for years I have been juggling full-time work and motherhood and travel.

It’s frustrating and I’m going stir crazy.

It’s wonderful as I am reminded how a day passes and no emails were answered or conference calls taken. I’ve arranged crayons and wiped up breakfast instead.

It’s forced me to slow down, watch my children closer, become annoyed with the clutter around my house, plot bigger, grander plans for work, life, and play.

I’m home right now.

Instead of packing for my next trip, I’m making dinner and cleaning the dishes. I’m showing my daughter how to wrap a towel in her hair. I’m trimming my son’s bangs.

Very important girl lessons tonight
Instead of scheduling meetings, I’m walking the dog…gingerly.

Four more weeks of this slow life, per the doctor’s orders…I’ll either write a book in my mind or waste away the hours with cartoons and popsicles and summer treats.

I’m home right now. Sigh.


  1. I think you are amazing. Even sitting, you do it amazingly well.

    .-= JenB´s last blog ..No Room at the Uterus =-.

  2. Thanks Jen. Just losing it a bit.

  3. Hey, that towel trick is a really important thing to teach the next generation. My mother neglected to teach me the towel trick and I felt very deprived trying to figure it out on my own.

    You should get some trashy novels and read them. And get some trashy movies and watch them. And take naps. The world really can save itself for one month.
    .-= Jaelithe´s last blog ..Days Before Yesterday =-.

  4. Awww Jae.

    I just don’t know what to do with myself, honestly.

  5. Be home.
    Write the book in your head.
    Watch your children be children for a little bit longer.
    You’ll get back to it soon enough.
    .-= Lucretia Pruitt´s last blog ..Oversharing Undersharing What Are You Doing =-.

  6. Thanks Lucretia.. .I’m trying. I’m not very good at sitting.

  7. Beautiful ladies.

  8. You are an amazing wife mom and worker… even though your rest you have managed to keep up with the hot topics, your blog and most of all giving me personally a bit of humility…. Hang in there your still doing your part but just doing it while your resting…. as Jaelithe said “The world really can save itself for one month.”

  9. Look at it as a chance to do those quiet things that you never have time for. Maybe it’s watch that movie. Or read that book. Or learn more about x. (In any of the above a trip to the library may be in order.) It’s time to tell stories and make plans.

    You’re not just sitting. You’re healing. You’re getting strong. You’re spending time with your kids. You are doing much, much more than just sitting.
    .-= sassymonkey´s last blog ..I need shoe help =-.

  10. Good to see you’re on the mend and still sexy in nothing but a towel.

    .-= Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing]´s last blog ..The People- They Love Me =-.

  11. Ginger Kenney says:

    It has to be hard for you when you are so used to being on the go constantly, but before you know it those four weeks will be gone, never to come again. This is time that in years to come you will look back on with great affection quite likely, precious time with those precious kids that might not have been as easy to come by had you not had to have surgery. The world can wait, meantime, and you’ll be back full force very soon!

  12. I’m puzzled by your discomfiture. Are you saying that having overstuffed days is somehow better than having days in which you are afforded a opportunity to reflect?

    If you ask me, quiet reflection is a vastly under-rated commodity.
    .-= Hieronymus Murphy´s last blog ..Murphys Saloon Blues Podcast 184 – Double Up 5 =-.

  13. Wasting the time away with cartoons and popsicles isn’t such a bad idea. 🙂

  14. Hang in there, Erin. I know it’s hard to stop and just sit, just BE. I love that Hala’s Barbie has a little towel around her head too!
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..Traditional 4th of July S-8217mores =-.

  15. You have to let go of the “shoulds”…. you have to get comfortable with the freedom…. no one is judging you but yourself and that gorgeous towel clad child who is already passing the memory of showering with mom on down the chain… Barbie today… granddaughter tomorrow.
    This is a lovely lovely post.

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