Today I almost rented an office.
I know, I know. How on earth could I ever consider giving up working at
Well, I did say, “almost”. But there are days when an office looks
pretty darn good.
Because I work from my home, there are distractions and demands placed
on me that just didn’t exist when I worked outside of the home.
Take today, for example. I was trying to work on a programming project
that required my concentration. Of course, the kids are home from
school for the summer and it seemed like every 5 minutes one of them
needed me for one reason or another.
“Can I have another snack?”
“Watch me, Mommy!”
“But I’m DYING of thirst!”
You know what I mean.
I began to wonder how it would be for my husband to have to deal with
these types of demands while trying to do his job.
So, I started fantasizing about his workday:
He works for the local phone company and drives one of those big trucks
with the bucket that lifts him up to the tops of the telephone poles. I
envisioned him up there in his bucket, needing to concentrate on which
wire goes where- with the kids up in there with him.
“What’s that, Daddy?”>br>
“Can I have a snack?”
“I have to go to the bathroom.”
So then, I thought about when I used to work in an office. I imagined
being at my desk, interviewing someone, when in walks my daughter,
“Mommy, will you play a game with me?”
A stage whisper conversation ensues:
“Honey, I can’t play right now. I’m in the middle of an interview.”
“But you said you’d play a game with me, and that was like 50 HOURS AGO”
“I’ll play a game with you, but you need to wait patiently until I
“You NEVER want to play a game with me!”
At this point, I’m smiling at my interviewee through gritted teeth while
I give my daughter THE LOOK.
What if I was a doctor? A surgeon?
“DON’T TOUCH THAT!”
“Mommy, would something bad happen if I accidentally dropped my gum in
Suddenly, my reverie is broken my 5-year-old loudly complaining, “Mommy,
Lauren burped and she won’t say ‘excuse me’!”
Ah well, I’ll just have to do that programming project some other time.
I guess the things that are most rewarding about working at home can at
times be the most annoying.
It’s all in the perspective.
Sharon Davis is the owner of 2Work-At-Home.Com, the Editor of
the site's monthly ezine, America's Home and mom to two girls.
In her spare time she reminisces about what it was like to have
spare time. To subscribe to her free ezine, visit
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