Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Geek Mom Priorities
I think this struck me at lunch because, as I put together my sandwich in my nice, quiet kitchen, I didn't have anyone underfoot trying to take the Star Wars sandwich cutters out of the cabinet. We only came across these at Williams-Sonoma a few weeks back and they have become the highlight of lunchtime and a source of constant debate. Will they both be the Falcon? Will they both be a TIE Fighter? Will they each pick a different ship so they can pretend to chase each other across the table with half-eaten bits of sandwich until I tell them to stop? These were the kinds of questions we faced every day, but not today.
After lunch I sat down in my living room to write and was struck by the lack of noise in the background. You learn to tune out a lot as a parent. The ability to completely block the sounds of random play but still pick out the cry of a real injury over the whine of just-trying-to-get-your-sister-in-trouble is a finally honed skill. Today, there were no imaginary dragons being slain by sword-wielding, spell-casting little girls in my living room. There was no raging debate over which direction in DeathSpank was the right one, no pleading to keep up the pace in Lego Harry Potter. Today, it was so quiet I heard the mailman open and close the mailbox at the end of the driveway.
I do admit that I've gotten more done in this one day than I can usually manage in a week. The lack of interruption or need for argument moderation has been a welcome relief. But, alas, I miss my two Little Geeks. Their absence means I don't have anyone to play with now. Sonic Racing is not as fun without the taunting of my children. I never win, but I still love to try. And creating the most awesome roller coaster ever in Thrillville is just not as thrilling without the kids to witness the event. So, as I sit waiting for the time when I can pick them up from school, I've been making plans. We will not open their school bags to tackle the truckload of first day paperwork for me to review right away. Instead, we are going to bake Star Wars cookies, build a fort in the living room and break out a game or two. I've got my Geek Mom Priorities firmly in order.