Ellen set 5 writing prompts this week to keep us all busy while her daughter recovers from surgery. Rather than write a big post about one of them I'm going to write a little bit about each.
Writing Prompt #1: Something I Lost
My sanity. That went a long time ago.
Definitely my anonymity. It is pretty hard to be inconspicuous with Ashlea - the equipment alone draws attention - let alone the hysterical laughing and loud bossing.
The freedom to be flexible. There are some things that must be done every.single.day - like make formula and give medications - it doesn't matter where you are or what you are doing - those things need to be done. As for packing up on a whim and going somewhere - well that is fine - once you've packed a tonne of equipment and checked in advance that your destination is going to be accessible!
Writing Prompt #2: What Drives You Crazy
Parents who send sick kids to school. I don't mean your garden variety runny nose as Ashlea is immune suppressed and has a permanent runny nose - rather I am talking about kids who are vomiting, have fevers or chicken pox or something else nasty for transplant patients. It's not their kids who will end up in hospital is it???
Writing Prompt #3: Looking Up
Things are looking up for me in regards to work. I have asked my boss if I can reduce my hours to just one day a week and he is very supportive. The only thing we are waiting on is for it to go through HR. Let's hope it goes through quickly as I am a woman on the edge!!
Writing Prompt #4: In My Pocket
A used tissue (see post #2).
A hair tie - in case my hastily straightened hair comes into contact with even the tiniest drop of water and needs restraining before it develops into a 'fro.
Writing Prompt #5: Watching Through A Window
I often feel like I am watching through a window while everyone else is living their lives. Other people's lives move on, their kids grow up and become more independent - yet we seem to stay in the same spot. Ashlea will always be this dependent on me. Life will always be this complicated (if not more so). I suspect this is as good as it gets - not that 'this' is necessarily 'bad' - it's just the way things are.
Thanks Ellen for the Writing Prompts