By: Danny Thomas
Making the most of this day.
The to-do list…
At the top is always my children
But it seems like every thing on the list,
That gets put off,
Pushed back or set behind
Is ultimately for them, too
Or for the family.
Laundry, housework, tidying…
Cleaning the bathrooms.
Hanging the curtains,
or the pictures that have been sitting long enough
in the hallway that I don’t even see them there
Mowing the lawn
The list goes on…
Here’s the thing:
I want to delight in the joy of their childhood,
I want them to delight in it, to shine…
I don’t want to spend the days we have together
Finding ways to distract them or
keep them occupied
So I can “get things done”
I want to build things with Legos.
Race slot cars.
Go on bike rides.
I want to bake cookies
Keep a balanced diet and a balanced budget.
And have a clean and stylish house
A decent lawn.
And a healthy family.
I also want time for my creative life; playing music, working in theatre, reading and writing.
And I want my children to do all those things
With me and on their own.
And I haven’t figured out yet
How to balance both…
I find I feel like I’m always putting one aside for the other.
I tell myself this is the path to balance,
I wonder how I can be sure I’m making the most of each day.
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Originally published on The Seattle Lesbian
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