From the past: It’s a family time


This post from the past is why I’m taking a little break right now. Because now is a family time. It’s the only time in our lives when my little girl will be on the cusp of Kindergarten but still in the small, sweet place we specifically chose for her and when my little boy will still be mine, all mine, all day, every day. This time will pass and other times will come in and they will be sweet too. But this is a family time and I intend to live it to its fullest.


A few months ago, I read a book called Left Neglected by Lisa Genova. A brilliant book, pick it up if you haven’t yet read it.

Without giving too much away, Sarah, the main character in the book, deals with an injury that renders the left side of her body mostly useless. She struggles with big tasks and small tasks. Tasks as small as buttoning her shirt. During one particular getting-dressed-related struggle, her physical therapist suggests that maybe this isn’t a button-up shirt time in her life.

I’ve thought about that line so often. I’ve used it to define my own life in so many ways.

This is not a sleeping in time in my life.

It’s not a Sunday-morning-with-the-paper time.

It is not a going to the movies time, or a long-afternoon-spent-watching-bad-TV time, or a finish-a-book-in-a-week time.

It’s not a cocktail party or happy hour time.

It’s not a spontaneous travel time. It’s soon to be not an urban living time.

It’s not a workaholic time.

It’s not a focus-on-only-me time.

But it is a family time.

It’s a Sunday-morning-with-cartoons-and-breakfast time.

It’s a playground time, and a mommy-daughter ballet class time, and a read-five-books-on-the-couch-before-bedtime time.

It’s finger-painting time and a lego time.

It’s a giving-someone-else-a-bath, brushing-someone-else’s-teeth, wiping-someone-else’s-tushy time.

It’s a watching-the-world-through-they-eyes-of-a-little-one time.

It’s a focus-on-them time.

siblings walking

It’s not the easiest time. But for everything it is, I do love this time.


  1. Uh…wait. You’re moving!?!? Or is this post from pre-2012? Tell me it ain’t so! Already having a bad Monday and this might send me over the edge.

  2. This is so wonderfully written and hitting home for me at the moment. Both my kids have been at school now for a lost 3 years and I am still unsure what time this is for me. I thought it would be work time and yet work clashes with school activities i don’t want to miss, I thought it would be more Me time to create and write and I feel guilty indulging these whims all day and not earning a buck.
    I am thinking this is still very much Mumma time with a splash of work and discovery time for me and for them. ……… this thought needs further exploring. Thank you Tricia for opening my mind to this.
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  3. All seasons are full of beauty and adventure: you just have to seek it out.
    Although I do miss a good couch fest with movies and popcorn. 🙂
    It’s just likely to be Disney or Pixar these days (ok yes, I love them too. ha)
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  4. Such wisdom in this post, Tricia. As I’ve been feeling like time is moving to fast, this is a wonderful reminder to focus on the moment and enjoy it for what it is.
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