If you are a mother, this has probably happened to you.
You’re standing in your closet holding a spatula and a pair of pink Speedo goggles and you’re looking for something, but for the life of you, you have no idea what it is.
No? You haven’t had this experience?
Maybe it’s me. Maybe I have an attention deficit disorder. Or maybe I’m simply juggling about sixteen too many balls in the air. Or maybe I’m having a string of senior moments a few decades early. For whatever reason, about once a week I find myself in the middle of something and I’m reminded of the book I used to read to my kids, If You Give a Moose a Muffin.Or a pig a pancake. Or a (fill in cute animal and high-carb bakery item) as I go about my life. For those of you not familiar with this story (which really is wonderful, by the way, even if I don’t enjoy the obvious parallels between myself and the pig, moose, et al.) it involves some animal that starts out doing something simple and gets distracted with a dozen other tasks along the way.
This is my life lately. I have a book on my desk awaiting line edits, a novella on my desk awaiting copy edits, and a manuscript-in-progress on my computer that is woefully lacking in heft.
And what am I doing this afternoon? I am labeling socks. Forty-eight socks, to be exact. Each with the first and last name of a child who is leaving home for the first time this weekend (sniff) to go to summer camp.
Perhaps this is the real source of my anxiety. Probably, this is why I’ve been a bit muddled lately as I turn my house upside-down looking for fitted twin sheets, flashlight batteries, and drawstring laundry bags. It’s their first non-family journey away from home, and I’m a bit mixed about it. I know it will be a character-building experience. (I did six years of camp, so I can definitely attest to this). I also KNOW that I sorely need the work time without distractions so that I can make some progress on my writing. But still, I’m finding it harder than usual to get myself and my family organized.
Can anyone relate to this? Please tell me I’m not the only one out there with the attention span of a moose.
Because I’m feeling snacky after writing this, one lucky commenter will win a $10 gift card to Starbucks (buy yourself a muffin!) and a signed copy of my latest release UNSPEAKABLE, which hits bookstores on Tuesday. Woo-hoo! I’ll be blogging about the book next week! In the meantime, leave a comment and be eligible to win.