Days of Being: August 11

With your children back in school, you sat in your silent office in your silent home and sifted through your inbox, updated the to-do list for your work and volunteer projects, and responded to people you had blown off for the past several weeks. The first day of school always seemed too good to be true. You were glad to have time alone after weeks and weeks of too much quality family time. But it was too good to be true. The school secretary called before noon. Your son was sick with a stomachache and a fever. You closed your laptop. Everyone else and everything else would have to wait.

Days of Being is a micro-memoir project exploring memories and moments from every day of the year. Multiple years from my life are represented within the project celebrating what Madeleine L’Engle once said: “I am still every age that I have been.” Today’s micro-memoir is from one of my August 11s.