“Are you going to go back to work?”
I don’t know how many times I’ve been asked this particular question since my firstborn’s arrival back in 2010. But the answer is always the same.
“Oh yes. I intend to. I run my own business so I work from home. Holly’s such a good natured little thing so I’m sure I’ll be able to work with her at home with me. Perhaps while she naps during the day, and I’ve put loads of toys in my office so she can play while I’m busy – it’ll be great!”
Little did I realise that the flashing lights of the wireless router under my desk would prove so appealing to my darling girl. And so at least once every ten minutes I find myself, head under my desk, retrieving a little wriggling mass from amidst the wiring. And after the third time of retrieval she begins to realise it isn’t a fun game and that I’m really not going to let her play with the electrics – that’s when the squealing starts. Distraction works wonders in this situation and the squealing stops. But it’s at this point that I realise I’m sitting on the floor playing with Holly and not actually getting any work done. Time for a change of plan.
And so I bring the laptop downstairs, the plan being to sit and work whilst Holly plays in the lounge, the home of all her favourite toys. Plus this room has been more carefully baby-proofed than my office so there are no flashing lights or tempting crawl holes for her to make a bee-line towards. Sorted.
Except of course, now that Holly is a five star cruiser, a laptop on Mummy’s knee is the perfect height for her little hands to begin communicating her creativity. And what better way than to ‘help’ Mummy with her writing? And so it has come to be that much of my recent work has been punctuated with little gems such as:
Sfrqde gvvdfd ogfhgdsv qw3weewdfbwre45 \\yA7FDoooooo
I think additions like these bring a little ‘je ne sais quoi’ to my work – wouldn’t you agree? It also turns out that my 14 month old is a little computer genius, such are her skills to turn on facilities in my Microsoft programs that I didn’t even know existed – I have such a gifted child!
I’m sure there will come a time when my ‘working from home during the day’ dreams will be realised. My writing will be prolific while my daughter busies herself with one of her quieter toys (OK, that’s probably where my dreams become fantasy). But until that time I’m more than happy to stow my laptop away and make day time ‘Holly time’. Working evenings and weekends are here to stay for the time being and I wouldn’t have it any other way. After all, back in 2006 when I started out on my business venture (when Holly was but a twinkle in my eye and I hadn’t even met her Daddy yet!) the major driving force was the thought of having the flexibility to be able to work my own hours and spend as much time as possible with my children. And so it has come to pass.
Right, time to finish up and put the laptop away before Holly wants to offer her opinion once again. Until next time.
by Helen Bowman © 2012
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