Sweetest writing interruptions

My toddler son, one of my sweetest writing interruptions, 'helping' me in my office by standing on a step-stool. (I'm deliberately not focusing on the way he helped me redecorate my office floor.)

My toddler son, one of my sweetest writing interruptions, ‘helping’ me in my office by standing on a step-stool. (I’m deliberately not focusing on the way he helped me redecorate my office floor.)

My one-year old is fascinated with doors. Cupboard doors, closet doors, pantry doors, screen doors…you name it. This isn’t a bad thing when it comes to hours of endless entertainment, although I do sometimes get concerned that he’ll smash one of his fingers between the door and the doorjamb one of these days.

Lately it’s become a somewhat amusing interruption to my free writing sessions. I’ll have set the timer, closed my eyes and just gotten into the full muse, fingers going as fast as they can, when he yells for help from another room. I open my eyes, stop the timer and run down the hall, prepared to check every finger for smashed-ness.

But no. He’s only closed the door completely, so he can’t get out again, and it makes him mad.

And then…there are the times when I forget and leave my office door open.  He crawls in, closes the door so he can’t get out again and then stands behind it so that I can’t get back in, either.

That’s why I can only write five minutes at a time. But when one door closes, another opens. My life and my mode of work is completely different now than it was a year ago, but even with the shorter writing times, it’s changed for the better.

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