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Challenges

Very quickly, this is how I picture my son looking at the situation. Atlas, only with books...

Very quickly, this is how I picture my son looking at the situation. Atlas, only with books…

I like to challenge myself in writing; I often make challenges with others about writing as well. I think this is about the beginning and end of my competitive nature though. When push comes to shove though, I am just as happy to see others succeed, even if it means I have not.

Today, after coming home from school, I told my kids to get working on their homework. I find life is less stressful when they get their homework done while I’m working. It doesn’t always work of course, but just to get them thinking about homework straight away means that if they aren’t done by dinner, they know they don’t really have any excuses left. Still, most of the time, it does work.

My oldest proudly came in to tell me that he “didn’t have much homework tonight.” I told him that was great, but he had his report to finish and he grumbled and walked away. When I checked on him an hour later, he hadn’t started his homework nor the report. And when I was done with my work for the day, he had just barely started on his report.

Still, after dinner, he buckled down and got the rest of it done.

Unfortunately, as I was sending him to bed, he realizes that he has another piece of homework to do. He needs the final draft of an essay he’s been working on. I was amazed earlier that he was able to get his report done because he really hates to write anything longer than a sentence or two, and that one was a couple of solid paragraphs. Now he needed to churn out another five paragraphs, get them edited and cleaned up.

So I sent the other two to bed and sat down with him. He was stressed about getting into “homework detention” and that he would never be able to get it done.

“Just get it done,” I told him softly.

“But Dad…”

“No. You know what you need to do. You have your notes right there, you even have your first two paragraphs written and edited from class time. So get it done.”

I have to be honest. It is upsetting to know that my son doesn’t like to write. I try to find a way to get him excited about it, but he really just doesn’t see it like I do. He has his own interests, and I am perfectly fine with that, but I do wish this was something he and I could share. Maybe with time we will.

For my part, I am still working on Jacoby Figurine. Did you know that I enjoy editing other peoples’ works? I have found I don’t especially enjoy the rewriting process of my own work though. I am sticking with it though and took the character sketches I worked on the other day and worked them in the opening scene for the main characters. I am still working out some more details about the villains, but once they are done, I’ll get them worked in as well.

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One comment on “Challenges

  1. Jill Weatherholt
    December 6, 2012

    He may come around, if not, I’m sure he’ll discover something as wonderful and frustrating as writing. 🙂

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