As a stay-at-home dad my routines follow the school calendar, which means: it’s summer vacation, baby!
What will my ten-year-old son and I do with our time?
We’ll run errands, do the household shopping, keep the house clean, tend the yard and perform whatever other chores need to be done. But we’ll also cook dinners for Mama, hang out with buddies, read books, play online math games, go out in the yard or to a park and toss a football or baseball, or kick around a soccer ball. We’ll ride our bikes to the library or the small local bookstore (which just happens to be located across the street from an ice cream shop!). We’ll go to the beach and search for driftwood “blasters.” We’ll have driftwood “blaster” battles. And then we’ll go sailing with Mama!
|Two desperadoes holed up in a driftwood fort|
Summer certainly means less Daddy Time, but for me the tradeoff is worth it. The more I interact with and experience the world through a ten-year-old’s eyes, the more I feel inspired to continue pursuing my dream of writing books for children. Time on the boat also provides a break from my usual routines, which ensures I will get “unstuck” from any ruts I may have fallen into over the long wet winter. And on days when we are home I can still work for a few hours, and I still hope to achieve my goal of picking a picture book and/or chapter book project from last year and actually finishing the thing in the next few months!
It’s been four years since I finished (read: submitted) a novel-length work. I’ve had a couple shorter things published in the interim, but I feel like it’s time again to see where my work and studies have brought me. Maybe this time will be “the” time.
If not, school begins again in a few months and I’ll return to my regular schedule and keep typing away….