All these faces want,
more than television, cool toys, or time with friends,
is the undivided attention of their mother.
My attention is always divided. I've been complaining lately of an inability to focus.
I have a Kindergarten classroom to sort, purge of accumulated "stuff" left behind by previous teachers, and early identification interviews to prepare.
My application to participate in a craft show in November was accepted. I have a hundred sewing and knitting projects to complete before then.
The to-do list in my house never ends. I haven't even finished unpacking from last week's camping trip.
I'm fed up with putting a movie on for my kids so that I can get something, anything done. Because that time is increasingly absorbed by the computer.
And the people who love, want, and need me the most, those little faces above, are here every day, waiting for my undivided attention.
I'm going to give it to them. I'm turning the computer off. It's going to be a challenge, because I think I just might be addicted to the feedback, the comments from strangers, the "connection".
I'm signing off to get my priorities straight, to give my kids lots of ME, and to remind myself that my connection with my children and husband are the ones that really matter.
See you in September.
(Thanks to Connie Hebbert for these beautiful portraits of my children, taken at a recent birthday party).