Have you ever read the children's book "Caps for Sale"? This picture always makes me think about how many hats we really wear and how crazy life can be.
We always talk about the many different jobs we have. I'm an author but I also have other jobs. I'm proudest about my job as a parent of two young adult children and two teenage step-sons. They keep me plenty busy! Although I'm not being a taxi driver anymore, I am still the chief cook, maid and bottle washer. I'm also a mom to my adorable little doggies who like to leave me presents and can be demanding in their own rights. But add to those hats, a hat for book reviewer, publishing house editor, and full time elementary school teacher and you will find a tower of hats.
My work day usually begins very early, before six am and doesn't often end until eleven o'clock. Those hours are crammed full of lessons on fractions, opening juice boxes and snack bars, loads of laundry, emptying the dishwasher, reading through a book and writing my opinion, writing blogs and report cards, cooking dinner, gradding papers, and even sometimes some cuddle time. But I'm fortunate that it is also filled with hugs, I love you's, doggie kisses, great converstations, and love. Being a teacher is much like being a parent, only now I have 40 children instead of just two...and although they don't all come home with me, you'd be surprised by how much nose blowing and shoe tying I get done during the school hours!
Right now I'm really looking forward to some "me" time as the school year comes to a close. I am ready to let go of a few of my hats. Maybe I will let my husband cook a little more, sit back and enjoy a book I won't have to write a review on, and even sleep in past seven am. Most importantly the voices of the characters in my head have been clamoring for their tales to be told. They want a chance at a book and a romance. So I'm looking forward to sharing their stories with you.
Musings from Michigan