If you’ve followed my blog then you know that my posts have been a little hit or miss this past year. There’s a reason for that and that reason was my youngest son. It was the beginning of his senior year. I had just announced that I was going upstairs to work on my latest novel when he spoke up. “Again?”
Now honestly, who thinks that a 17-year-old boy even notices that his mom is locked away, plotting out the latest scenario for her current WIP… I didn’t. He was busy playing online games with his buddies, going out on dates, working, etc. I assumed he was happy with catching up at dinner. I was wrong. I’m sure you can imagine my surprise to realize that my teenager actually wanted me around.
At that moment, I knew I had a decision to make.
And so I chose…
I chose to put my writing on the back burner.
Don’t get me wrong – there were times when I wondered why I was sitting in the living room, watching the television as he played a video game. I still had a story to tell, a blog to think about and it wasn’t like he “needed” me. He was obviously occupied with other things.
But – there were times when he’d seek me out, just wanting to talk about his day and I was so glad I hadn’t locked myself away, that I had stayed available.
My son graduated June 15th and on June 28th, he left for boot camp.
And this past year, with my hit or miss writing… Best decision ever.