About Me

Walking in the Apple Orchard

I was a doctor, before I quit. Now I’m a stay-at-home mother of four, trying to find the time and imagination and skill and courage to become a writer and trying to remain a decent mother all the while. Scratch that, actually. I’m not trying to become a writer. I’m just trying to get through each day with happy children, sanity, a not-too-disastrous home, and, if I’m lucky, some mental stimulation that doesn’t center on the kids or the chores. Maybe I can write. Maybe not. We’ll see. Aside from that, I’m a reader, runner, Roger Federer fan, news junkie, and almost-foodie, except who can find time for complicated cooking with four kids underfoot? I love the beach, which is why I’m so thrilled to live in the coastal region of St. Louis, MO. We have less than 1000 miles to drive before we reach the Gulf of Mexico! I love the outdoors. I love books. And, most of all, I love my kids. Shocking but true.

I’m not a seat-of-the-pants kind of person. Before we sold our first condo and bought our first house, I read a few books about buying and selling houses. When I got pregnant with my first child, I bought three pregnancy guidebooks within a day. Before that  child was born, I read all about taking care of babies (not that it helped me at all). I read up on gardening before I landscaped our yard. I read all the advice online about selecting a car before we bought our minivan. I haven’t found How to Leave a Promising Medical Career Because It Makes You Miserable and Become a Stay-at-Home Mother of Four, Stay Healthy, Stay Calm, Stay Sane, Stay Stimulated, and Give Your Kids Everything They Need and Everything You Want Them to Have Without the Power to Stop Time or Duplicate Yourself. If I saw that book now, I wouldn’t believe its promises anyway. So I’ve had to learn to be seat-of-the-pants after all. It turns out that parenthood is a lot more fun, if a bit more chaotic, when you roll with the punches and see what happens next. I missed the dress rehearsal, so now I have to improvise.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. I Love Gifting
    May 13, 2013 @ 09:18:31

    “I missed the dress rehearsal, so now I have to improvise.” Guess it’s true for most of us;-)

    Reply

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