As a working Mom, oh wait all Moms work, but my working at an office my children are to call each day to let me know they are safely home from school. Except, they call more often. Far more often than is necessary. I’m trying to work.
One day a colleague asks for a lost financial report – likely my answer to him will be, “Ask the doorman for the key.”
The day I am frantically arranging to get an annoying client out on the next possible flight is just the time Beth calls to tell me Steve is threatening to push her off the balcony. “He won’t.” I hang up – I’m trying to work – knowing she’ll be calling soon again. Geez. And so it goes.
One Saturday I type on yellow paper a booklet suggesting how ‘latchkey’ children might help when their parent/s work, put it into my desk drawer – maybe I can find a children’s writer and illustrator. Some day. Maybe.
Years go by, the children continue to call. I take my ‘booklet’ from the desk, read it, change one word and direct illustrations by a talented artist. Perfect.
How Can I Help? When Mom and Dad Work is awarded a first place designation by Chicago Women in Publishing for writing, editing and design. Apparently, I can write for children. The original remains in a permanent collection at the University of Chicago. Nice.
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