Daily conversation for the two weeks preceding Spring Break.
Matthew: I wish we were going somewhere for Spring Break.
Me: I do, too.
Finally, on the last day of school before break started, he offered a solution.
Matthew: I wish we could at least go somewhere and do something fun for a day, like Michigan Adventure's water park.
Me: Matthew, this is Michigan in April. It's 40 degrees outside and the water park is closed.
(I said he offered a solution. I didn't say it was a good one.)
Me: In the past, we've gone to Crazy Bounce. Do you want to go there again?
Matthew: No, they never get any new ones.
Me: And you always get bored before the hour is over.
Matthew: What about Great Wolf Lodge? Sarah is trying to talk her parents into taking her there.
Me: That's a long drive that requires an overnight stay.
Matthew: Oh. (Bottom lip sticks out in small pout.)
Me: What about going to a movie? We can splurge and get sodas and popcorn.
Matthew: And refills?
So, the "Spring Break that was no fun" crisis was averted. On Monday, I took my three boys to see the movie, Hop. (Very good for a kid movie. Kept this Mom entertained as well as the kids.) I even went so far as to stop at the gas station to let the boys each pick out candy to go with their soda and popcorn.
On the way to the theater, I had a thought.
Me: Has anyone eaten lunch?
Me: Whoohoo! I guess it's popcorn, candy and soda for lunch today. Happy Spring Break!
So, by now you're probably asking yourself, what does this have to do with being an Authorial Mom? Well, when I got home at 1:30 pm, I was so full of popcorn, Twizzlers and Diet Coke that I was able to sit down at my desk and write until 5:30 pm without even once needing to stop for a snack break for me or the boys. And that's a miracle!
P.S. The downside of this miracle is that all the caffeine (which I don't usually drink) kept me awake half the night. Hopefully, it won't diminish my productivity today. :(