My youngest returned from camp today. She was tired and hungry. I gave her some space and went about doing some "helpful" things around the house. (aka my new word for chores) I passed by to check in while she was watching TV and she said, "Mom, do you want to come and watch this next Bones with me?" I was in the middle of a mental list and told her in a little bit. Then I realized she's been gone and she's a little bit tired AND she asked me to do something. That doesn't happen very often with teenagers so I stopped that mental list, grabbed some lunch and sat with her to watch an episode of Bones. It's important to stop and just spend time with others.
I need to remember this in the fall when school starts. It's important to just spend time with others to build a community and relationships.
Thank you Two Writing Teachers for fostering this writing community.