Admitting Defeat

I wake. Is it nearly morning? Will the sun be rising soon? I suspect not. And it doesn’t because it’s only 2 am.

I lie in my bed for an hour and then another. Eventually, I push back the quilt. I’m getting up. I head to the kitchen where I make some tea. My day has started.

Hours later, I’m working on today’s unschooling book post. I write a few words, a few sentences. I play around with them. I drag the words into a different order. I delete a few. I type a few more. I read what’s on screen. And I sigh. I can’t post what I’ve written. My words are all wrong.

So what am I going to do? I challenged myself to 30 book editing posts in 30 days. I need a post for today.

While I’m thinking about this problem, my daughter Gemma-Rose appears. “Can I help you, Mum? Do you need anything?”

“A cup of coffee would be good.”

“I’ll be right back with one. You rest, Mum.”

Gemma-Rose knows I’m tired. She wants to look after me.

A thought is trying to force its way through the fog in my sleep-addled brain:

It’s okay to be tired. It’s alright to let others help you. If you don’t rest, you’ll get miserable and the misery will spread and the day will be unbearable for everyone.

Letting my family help is the right thing to do. I help. They help me. We help each other get through the difficult times. It’s what we do.

So I’m admitting defeat. I’m going to drink my coffee. Then I’m going to close my eyes. Maybe sleep will arrive.

And today’s unschooling book post? I’ll write it tomorrow.

Image: I wish I could sleep as soundly as our puppy Quinn!

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    • Alison
    • November 11, 2017

    I hope you have a good, refreshing rest, Sue.

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      Thank you, Alison!

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    😄 Good plan!!!

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      Venisa, I was sensible for once and rested instead of working. Yes, it was a good plan!

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    Sounds like you found the right cure. My post for the 10th was a cheat, placeholder … whatever. Just to write something, exactly. I hope you – and I – do better next time, after a good night’s (or day’s) sleep.

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      Posting for 30 days in a row is a hard task. I think it’s quite okay to cheat when we need to and post something easy. At least we haven’t given up. We shall indeed do better next time! I shall be over to read your recent posts in my next free moment. I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ve been sharing!

    • multitaskingmam
    • November 12, 2017

    Hugs and rest. xxxx

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      Thank you, Lisa! xxx

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    And yet, I think you’ve written a post about the unschooling experience anyway.I think unschooling families are more aware of each other for all the time spent together. It’s nice to see how your family shares in your life as you share in there’s. It’s also a nice reminder for me to let my family into my projects instead of just the other way around. Thanks!

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      Oh yes, you are quite right. I did end up writing an unschooling post. I’m glad you were able to find something positive and helpful in my tired post!

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