I let Hayden, my 14 year old, drive around the gravel road by the country house. He sat tall and proud. He was focused. He handled the minivan around the sharp turn as elegantly as if he’d been driving race cars his whole life. Which in a way he has — all that time in video arcades and gaming devices prepared him well for the finer motor skills necessary to
This was the 4th of July sunset over the Hudson River from the Amtrak train coming back from the country.
motor the family van.
He can’t wait to drive.
On the 5-hour drive to the country, from the backseat, my son asked, “Is it fun to drive?”
I had to think about it. Accelerating is nice. Passing people is sweet. Feeling the breeze from the wide open window is cool. Blaring music is happening.
“Yes, it is,” I said. “Driving’s fun.”
The best part of driving is that you feel independent. While my tall son may believe he’s ready to drive today, the quarter mile loop by the Big House is as far as he will go. He may be ready but I’m not.
- Hold a baby
- Go to the IWWG (International Women’s Writing Guild) conference at Yale http://www.iwwg.org/2011-summer-conference
- Take art classes with my father and sister in Vermont http://www.black-horse.com/PDF/Art%20Event%20Flyer%202010.pdf
- Take H. and his friends to 6 Flags for his birthday
- Continue to work hard and have passion for my day job
- Take family to Ocean Grove, NJ, Jones Beach, or Shelter Island over 4th of July weekend
- Keep writing every day
- Toes in the grass and picnics in Riverside Park as often as weather allows
- Get a mani-pedi
- Join Improv or comedy class
- Meet with agent again on book
- Revisit my young adult novel
- Read all books for book clubs
- Keep working out every day — tennis, Pilates, biking, or running
- Visit a church a day once kids go to camp
- Update my resume
- Get more help for Chris and household management
- Research joining a writer’s room or applying for writer-in-residence program
- Befriend new families in kids’ new Fall schools/classes
- Prepare kids well for camp
- Have a party while kids are at camp
- Replace or do something about annoying kitchen cabinets
- Eat more fish
- Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
- Comment on and read other blogs
- Tweet every day
- Do a reading of my work at least once a month
- Plan an international trip for me and the kids
- Get my bike tuned up
- Quit making lists
What’s on your Summer To Do list?