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Mommy, Please Listen.

Updated on October 14, 2014
The precious days of childhood slip past so quickly. The days of flowers being presented to us by a loving child cannot be brought back ever.
The precious days of childhood slip past so quickly. The days of flowers being presented to us by a loving child cannot be brought back ever.

Motherhood and Writing Online is a Balancing Act

Angie was excited about her newest writing project as she guided the children out of the house and into the car. Her writing skills had become much better since she joined two different writing communities online.

She dropped the children at the bus stop just as the school bus pulled up. She drove back home, cleaned the house, prepared dinner and put it in the fridge, then hopped in the shower. She was ready to write by 9:30 a.m. This was to be her new weekday routine.

Shane was late leaving for work this morning and she felt annoyed. He could feel it.

“Hey, honey, I’m hurrying as fast as I can go. I know you want me out of here. “

“It’s not that I want you out of here, I just want to be able to concentrate,” Angie said as she typed, not looking up.

Shane walked over to the computer and stood quietly before speaking. “Angie, do you think maybe you should pull back a bit from the online-writing-thing? I mean, it seems like you’re not really tuned in to the kids anymore. They miss their mommy.”

I Am a Good Mother

“What? That’s ridiculous. I’m here every day with our children. And I’m a darn good mom!”

“Angie, I know you’re here in body, but are you really present? Charlotte asked you last night to read to her and you were too busy. You used to love reading to the children for a half hour before their bedtime. You said it was important. And Little Jack, if you haven’t noticed, is getting very hyper – trying to get your attention. You’re always saying to him, “In a minute, hold on. I’m comin’.” But I’m especially concerned about Charlotte. She looks so sad lately. You’re always busy on the computer.”

Angie had stopped typing. “Are you leaving for work now?”

“Yeah, I’m leaving. I’m not saying you should give up writing. I’m just saying maybe you should try to balance it a little better with your other hobbies – such as our progeny.”

Angie smiled a very fake smile. “You’d better go. I’m not happy with your comments, my dear.”

“Yeah, I can sort of sense that. I’ll see you at the Jeffersons at 5:00 for the barbecue, right?”

“Yes, Charlotte and Jack are really excited about the barbecue with Lily and Jordan. They love those kids. Don’t try to make me feel guilty about my new writing hobby. I’m a good mom and our children are just fine.”


Angie Receives an Email from the Lady who Adopted their Dog

Shane went out to the garage. Angie could hear the car’s engine and the opening and closing of the garage door.


Freedom of thought. Freedom of responsibility. Five hours of freedom for whatever she wanted to do. And she wanted to write.

Angie checked her emails first. To her surprise there was an email from Chris. When Shane and Angie had decided a year ago that they couldn’t handle the responsibilities of owning three dogs anymore, they had carefully screened several people before they chose Chris and her husband to be the new humans to adopt their littlest dog, Lily. Angie loved Little Lily, a Pomeranian-mix. Charlotte loved her even more.

Angie had asked Chris and her husband to promise that if for any reason they could no longer keep Lily, they would contact Angie and bring Lily back.

Angie opened the email.

Angie, we’ve really loved having Lily, but I’m going back to work – unexpectedly – and we’re just not going to have time for her. Do you want to take her or shall I find her a new home with someone else?

Let me know. Thanks.


Little Lilly, the Pomeranian


Mom, please don't go....

“Drat!” Angie exclaimed, rolling back from the computer. Angie didn’t want to have three dogs again. It was so much work. But Angie pictured Charlotte and how happy she would be to have Lily back in her life. She rolled her chair forward and typed a reply to Chris.

At 5:00 p.m., Angie, the children and Shane rendezvoused at the home of the Jeffersons down the street. After a delicious barbecued dinner, the adults and children played flag football. When darkness fell, the adults and children played hide and seek.

Within a half hour of getting home, Angie had bathed both children, sent them to bed and promised she would read to them one evening soon. She went in to kiss them each goodnight. It was a school night and she wanted them to get to sleep. Well, yes, she admitted to herself, she also had some writing she wanted to do, so it wouldn't hurt them to go to bed early. She and Shane each kissed Jack goodnight. Shane went ahead to Charlotte’s room and kissed her goodnight and then headed for the livingroom to relax.

Angie tucked Charlotte in. Then, remembering about Lily, Angie sat down on the bed.

“Charlotte, I have a nice surprise for you. Lily is going to come live with us.”

Charlotte was feeling cozy under the covers. She bolted straight up.

“How come? What about her own family?”

Angie gently pressed Charlotte’s shoulder until she was lying down again. She pulled the quilt up to Charlotte’s chin.

“Lily’s family doesn’t have any time for her anymore. Life has just become too busy in their household, so they had to make this decision. It’s not good, but it happens.”

Tears welled up in Charlotte’s eyes.

“What’s the matter?” Angie asked, thinking, “Oh, boy. I shouldn’t have brought this up tonight when I want to get some writing done.”


Charlotte’s eyes were flooded now. She was having a hard time finding the right words. She had a thousand questions and could not articulate them.

Angie could see her daughter’s emotional state.

“You’re overtired, Charlotte. Now you get some sleep.” Angie leaned over and kissed Charlotte on the forehead in the darkened room.

“But Mom….”

“What? Hurry up, what?”

Charlotte felt like she could hardly breathe. Tears were falling. She did not want to displease her mommy. Her world was caving in and she felt so scared.

“Mom wait! Please don't go. Why can’t Lily’s family just keep her? Don’t they love her?”

“Oh, for heaven’s sakes, Charlotte! I thought you’d be happy to have Lily come live with us. I just can’t please you. Now go to sleep.”

And as Angie closed the bedroom door and hurried back to her computer, she couldn’t hear her little daughter asking, sobbing, “Won’t Jordan miss her?”

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    • Pamela Kinnaird W profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Dapples 

      6 years ago from Just Arizona Now

      My sentiments are much like yours. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting on this subject close to my heart, pstraubie48.

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      Patricia Scott 

      6 years ago from sunny Florida

      As this story points out, we can allow technology to overtake us if we are not careful. It is a balancing act for sure and sadly some never quite learn that until they have missed so much. Your story kept me reading from beginning to end...

      Sending you Angels today :) ps

    • Pamela Kinnaird W profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Dapples 

      6 years ago from Just Arizona Now

      Thank you for reading and commenting, DDE. I have heard how beautiful Croatia is and especially how wonderful the people are. My brother's in-laws have served two (unpaid) church missions in Croatia -- 18 months each time -- among the people there and loved them very much. I look forward to reading more of your hubs.

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Croatia is indeed one of the most beautiful countries in Europe I am now living here for over ten years. Glad to comment on your well informed Hubs and always something new to learn of.

    • Pamela Kinnaird W profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Dapples 

      6 years ago from Just Arizona Now

      Thanks for taking the time to read this so carefully, Millionaire Tips.

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      Shasta Matova 

      6 years ago from USA

      What a well written story - I felt so bad for Charlotte! I can imagine her thinking "What if my parents get too busy for me and have to give me away." It is tough to balance the needs of a family and a career of any kind. I hope Angie can find a way.

    • Pamela Kinnaird W profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Dapples 

      7 years ago from Just Arizona Now

      Thanks, ajayshah2005. I'm a grandma, so I only have a small challenge when it comes to balancing my time. It's got to be much more difficult for moms with children and teenagers in the home who need time and daily quality attention. I'm glad I missed this challenging area of motherhood.

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      7 years ago from Mid Asia

      Very good Hub. You manage time for both writing and motherhood. Shared with followers.

    • Pamela Kinnaird W profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Dapples 

      7 years ago from Just Arizona Now

      DDE, all the way from Croatia you are reading this. It's technology great? I have some dear friends who served a mission in Croatia and they just loved it there. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great!! You have time for your children an important part of your life enjoyed reading your Hub

    • Pamela Kinnaird W profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Dapples 

      7 years ago from Just Arizona Now

      Thanks, Nell. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      This is so near to the truth in some cases. My son is an adult, but he used to live at home with me, and he did moan a few times that I was always on the computer! but luckily he was out at work etc so it wasn't so bad, but it can happen so easily, great story, nell

    • Pamela Kinnaird W profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Dapples 

      7 years ago from Just Arizona Now

      ..."Can risk a little longer..." That's cute. I know you're right -- our significant others can feel left out if we're online too long. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      7 years ago

      Hi Pamela.

      Although my kids are all grown up and have families of their own, I still get the feeling I spend to much time in the net of which most is spent in HP. I just have to look at my wifes face and then I know whether I've been on long enough or can risk a little longer.

      Have a nice weekend.

      LOL Ghaelach

    • Pamela Kinnaird W profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Dapples 

      7 years ago from Just Arizona Now

      Nora411, thank you for your comment.

    • Pamela Kinnaird W profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Dapples 

      7 years ago from Just Arizona Now

      Emilybee, thank you for your comment. That's awful that serious tragedies have occurred due to the negligence of the parents while on social media. I read the news but I don't watch it -- therefore I didn't know that. I only know what I see in doctor and dentist offices where the child is so sweet and needing attention, getting madder and needier and seemingly 'unsweet' all because the mother is so busy texting -- and ignoring the child. It's a strange new world.

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      7 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Wow, this is so sad. Writing absolutely can get addicting, but the children should always come first. This is kind of a reality check for those who put their hobbies before there families. You are a talented writer! Voting up!

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      7 years ago

      This is a very good hub and kept my interest throughout! It's so true, living in this techno-age so many parents choose the computer over their kids. I've heard recent cases in the news of parents ignoring their children while on social media sites and the serious tragedies taking place, it's horrible! Very well-written hub!


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