Before I reveal my amazing discovery. Let me tell you, it was HOT today! And it’s only June. Okay, end of May, almost June.
It was so hot that I couldn’t bring myself to mow the lawn. What was my husband thinking? Instead, I brought my kids to the lake after school today and – I actually kept my feet in the water. And if you know me, that is truly amazing. It definitely helped that it was 90 degrees, which is truly incredible for New Hampshire. Plus, it’s been high 80s all week.
So, while I stood at the water’s edge contemplating at how refreshing a dip in the lake would feel and wishing I’d worn my bathingsuit (kinda), it hit me – a task so stressful that it quite honestly uses up my full mental capacity.
A conversation? Impossible.
Plotting while my kids swim? No way.
Fantasizing about a book deal? Not gonna happen.
And here it is – the one thing that is way harder than keeping track of a runaway plot:
Keeping track of my kids in the water when a dozen other little boys have blonde hair too! And someone is trying to talk to me. Scary! Heck, if I can do that, I can write a story.
Yes! Happens to me sometimes while I’m driving…
Voices. In my head.
Minding kids all day definitely uses up 99.9% of my mental capacity. the other .1% is me fantasizing about being able to write instead. 🙂
I am so excited about going to the lake–we would have already been there this week, if it weren’t for baseball. What is up with this crazy hot weather?? And, I agree–keeping track of swimaway kids in the water is an all encompassing job! Woo-hoo, summer at the lake!
Watching kids is way harder than most people give it credit for! Yes, we are excited for summer. 3 weeks left of school.
Yes, that makes me nervous, too. Even when no one is talking to me or distracting me, trying to keep track of my dd in the ocean makes me jittery.
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Why is your weather in New Hampshire warmer than sunny California? Something is wrong with this picture!! 🙂
When I worked as an aide, the end of year pool parties always stressed me out. I got to where I was constantly counting heads to make sure no one was missing!
I can relate. I’m always having to do a head count for my three kids.
Hot? It’s snowing here! No wonder people think Canadian’s live in Igloos. Enough with the snow!
Wow, it was 90 degrees up there! It was hotter up there than down here in Atlanta.
I think when women become mothers that they get some type of special gene when it comes to multi-tasking! Ha.
3 children definitely keep me on the look out…….continuously!!
I wish I was there to help you keep a watchful eye.
I know what you mean about motherhood. You have to get your multitasking brain on. If you can do that, you can do anything!