homework

Remember when you were in school, what an awesome feeling it was to get homework done early? Not just on time, not at 2 a.m. the night before school, not minutes before the bell, but actually finishing it early? By several days. Or a week. Or doing the assignment immediately when you got it. Yeah, it didn’t happen much, but man, when it did, I was on top of the world. “Homework done, sweetie?” my parents would ask. “Yup,” I’d reply confidently.

Maybe that was just me, though. I was a bit of a nerd in school. If a teacher made the mistake of giving us all of our assignments at the beginning of a semester, and I found myself with spare time, I would do it all and have it queued up in my binder ready to go. It felt great to know that I was on top of things and that I could push that worry from my brain. Hell, I even did this during the masters program I was in a few years ago. I guess I’m still a nerd.

I’m discovering that’s a great bonus to writing out draft blogs and scheduling them, instead of releasing them immediately. The delayed gratification has some perks. It’s like my “homework” is already done. Or, at least it’s near done. A variety of drafts in the line up, in various stages of completion, ripe for the picking. A new idea strikes? I create a quick post with a title and the jist of the idea. Some are skeleton ideas that I drafted weeks ago, still in the infantile stages that may never see the light of day. Some are nearly complete, but cover topics I’m not so sure I want to post publicly, so they may stay in draft form indefinitely as well. But, they’re there. Faithful soldiers that they are, standing strong and awaiting my orders.

It’s great to write again. It feels indulgent; I find myself writing sometimes when I probably shouldn’t be. While C is playing or eating, when I should be engaged with her. I try not to. I really try to only turn on my phone when she’s napping or fully distracted elsewhere. I try to be with her when I’m with her, ya know? Can’t be perfect all the time, though.

Thanks for reading.

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Mom to "C", wife to Ben. I'm a part-time blogger, cook, organizer, seamstress, house cleaner, taxi, nurse (the mom kind), accountant... I could go on, but really... it's all in the blog. Read away!

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