One of the things that I like the most about working from home is that I can work on my schedule without anyone harassing me and telling me what to do. However, it is also one of the things I like least about it as well, for it can be difficult to get motivated to write. Today was one of those days for me.
We woke up to a major snowstorm. Snow, snow, and more snow – everywhere. it was beautiful and deadly at the same time. Beautiful to look at, but deadly for any plans we had of getting anything accomplished today! I looked at the list of things that I had planned, and realized that there was no way that any of it was happening today. Just as children in public school rejoice when faced with a “snow day” so do my children, and they were off to make every moment of it count. You see one of the things about homeschooling where we live is that all the kids in our neighborhood go to school. So my kids get to play with them afternoons after they get home from school, or on the weekends. Now this is also a good thing, because it means that we work our tails off all day knowing that when it hits that 2:30 or 3:00 mark that they might get to go see their friends. It is a great motivational tool. Do I wish sometimes that my kids could spend more time with their friends in school? Sure, I admit it, I am that mom that wants the best of both worlds. I want them to get to make friends that they would see every day, for most of the day, as in a school setting, but I also want them to get the education that I alone can give them.
But I digress. I started telling you about snow days and ended up discussing schooling – to begin at the beginning….I simply wanted to point out that today was a day of pushing things off and enjoying the day. We shoveled snow – something I haven’t done since I was a kid – and I found that I didn’t hate it nearly as much as I remember hating it. I made hot cocoa for the kids when they came in and we baked brownie/cookie cups because snow days say baking cookies to me. Is there still a long list of things that have to be accomplished, yes, and they will get on them tomorrow. But today was about them being kids – sledding, building snowmen, making snow angels, the whole shebang.
Of course it also meant that I had to take a day off as well, and thus no editing did I do on the book either. It will still be there tomorrow, for tonight I am going to sit in front of the fire and watch the moonlight bounce off the snow and think how lucky I am that I got to spend another incredible day with my kids. You see snow days are not just for kids, they are for adults as well – and in some ways even more so. When you are a kid, you get a day off of school, you get to play in the snow, etc. But for adults – you get a day off of work, and you get to remember how much you enjoyed being a kid. You can go out and play with your kids and escape reality for a little while. It is the most magnificent of days, and one I wouldn’t trade for anything.
I wish you many of your own snow days to come….