“More than in any other human relationship, overwhelmingly more, motherhood means being instantly interruptible, responsive, responsible.” – Tillie Olsen
What this means is that when you’re caring for an infant, you can get completely lost in caring for an infant, but you can’t get lost in any other type of work or leisure or relationship or anything else at all. You can try, but you’ll probably be interrupted 30 seconds, or a minute, or five minutes, or sweet glory! an hour! into it. This doesn’t sound so bad, I know, and for some people, it seems to be not that big a deal. But for others, artists and writers particularly I think, who need to disappear into a painting or a story or a what-have you, it’s a special kind of torment.
On balancing mothering and other pursuits
April 7, 2012 by blue milk