I’ve had a few days off writing – well almost a week if I’m honest. But after a few months of hard work, I needed a boost. What better way than to spend some valuable time with my mom. She flew over to Germany last Friday and we’ve had an amazing few days. Even though we speak every day by phone, it was great to give her a real hug.
Naturally we talked a lot about reading and writing and spent many an hour discussing over coffee and cake. We did the obligatory shopping trips, a bit of sight-seeing and a whole lot of drinking and eating. On one of our outings, we came across an old wooden cart wheel (pictured above) resting at the entrance of a former monastery. It triggered all kinds of ideas which will no doubt end up in a future short story. But the main thing that came to my mind was ‘life’ and how limited and unpredictable it is. This wheel may have survived centuries, but we humans don’t live that long. My mother has often said that time is the most precious gift that one person can give to another as we never know when that time will expire. This seems obvious, but when we hurl ourselves into a new project and get lost in the ‘to do’ list, we do often forget to enjoy spending quality time with others.
In addition to my long list of writing targets for the spring season, I am going to ensure that my life is more balanced and spend a lot of time in the physical presence of my family and friends.
Do you spend enough time with family and friends? Are you prepared for the A to Z challenge or are you way behind like me?