I’ll get up early, write then swim
I sleep in
I get up later and write
I’ll write till 7, then take my son and go swim
I write till 8
I'll take my son and swim, we’ll get home at 9 and I’ll take my daughter to the writer’s workshop
We swim till 10
I’ll take my daughter to the writer’s workshop and meet husband and boys downtown at 1
We aren’t ready to leave till 11
My youngest son throws up
“Never mind,” I say. “We’ll come back home at 2:30”
My daughter and I write till 3
We make it home by 3:30
I take my older son to the branch library for his research project at 4, the library closes at 5
“That’s an interesting topic,” says the helpful librarian. “I’ve never looked for information on the space programs of monsoon Asian countries before. Perhaps upstairs in the college library?”
At 4:45 my son and I are sitting on the floor in the stacks looking in the indexes of a dozen books on Asia and space. They blink the lights. The library is closing.
We make it home with a pile of books - what to make for dinner?
Husband and older son will leave at 6:30 to go juggling
Dinner is on the table at 7
They leave at 7:30
Sick son feeling a little better. I tuck him in.
I’ll just write a quick slice. I’ll be done by 9