My friend Audrey is an amazing woman. Lynne would concur with me on this. She's set up a little Montessori school in her home for her boys. Her main reason for doing so was that she wanted to spend as much time teaching her kids as possible while they are little, rather than sending them away from the home for much of the day. She goes on frequent outings to museums and galleries in D.C. She spends at least an hour a day helping her son practice the piano. In brief, she's put herself and her own desires aside for the moment so that she can have the biggest, most positive impact possible on her children while they are little. I've been completely inspired by her. Hence the reason for putting aside my passions for the moment (sewing, painting, writing, etc.) so I can try to savor the time with my children while they are little.
By the way, I'm not saying it's been easy, or that I've not been tempted to pick up my old passions. In fact Sunday I became completely inspired to write a novel. Lynne and I have talked back and forth about this idea before. I felt like I had the perfect idea and I was going to do it (during my huge chunks of free time--about 20 minutes a day in total, I would say!) By Tuesday, I realized my novel stunk, and so did my house. Better yet put those dreams on hold for a short time so I can enjoy my morning Montessori time with the four-year old.