As a writer, I couldn’t help but reflect on our previous summers together. I first became published when he was one so I’ve been privileged enough to work from home and spend lots of time with him. The only summer that put a great, big X against me was the summer he turned two and I had to meet a deadline. I think the babysitter saw more of him that summer than me. What did I learn? No more summer deadlines! And there haven’t been.
The two of us have transitioned from a small kiddy pool to a ten foot plastic pool, to one of those ‘elephant’ pools to our current 32 footer above ground. I’ve made a point of spending just about every day playing in the water with him, splashing and having fun!
This summer has been particularly amazing. While I get bummed that he’s not a baby anymore I love getting to know him as he becomes older. After all, he’s got a sense of humor just like mom! *grins* He’s clever, smart and terribly brilliant at math. His love for animals has grown. While I know he likes cats, he’s surprised me and become a HUGE dog and horse fan. I’ll always remember this summer as one of good times and personal reflection when it comes to my son.
But summer hasn’t meant putting writing on hold. In fact, quite the opposite. My son has now become my number one reader and critique partner for a children’s book series ‘we’ hope to release within the next two years. I’ll be publishing it under another pen name, one I will most likely let him pick out. We’ll see. To celebrate both first grade and our writing project, my husband and I bought him a new ‘big boy’ desk. It arrived today and we can’t wait to get it set up.
With first grade comes far more ‘mom time’ than I’m used to. My hope is that my characters will keep me from missing him too much!
I’d like to once more wish Long and Short Reviews a very Happy 5th Anniversary. Here’s to many, many more successful years!