At home and away

May 31st, 2011


This photograph pretty much sums up the past few weeks: glamorous travel itinerary in one hand, grocery list in the other. The day after I last posted here, Patrick and I left on a three-day trip to New York City for a magazine photo shoot, and were barely back before I had to head to the airport again, to do a reading and some media interviews in Toronto.

As far as I know, that’s it for a little while, which is fine by me and the kids. It’s fun to get driven around in black cars, have my days planned for me, and be invited to have conversations that are all about me, me, me, but it’s good to have the ballast of laundry, school papers and menu planning to return to. It’s that life, after all, that people were first drawn to read about, and it’s that part of life that still matters to me most. I struggle a little bit with how much of the “other” life to share here. I worry that it will come across as if I’ve abandoned the field, though it seems disingenuous to pretend that book signings, interviews and photo shoots haven’t become part of my reality.

The night I came home from Toronto, the boys and I built a fire outside while Patrick made us dinner. I mentioned that the reporters all wanted to know what my kids think about their mother becoming an author.

My ten-year-old thought about it a minute, and allowed that it’s “just like normal, except every once in a while you have to go away somewhere.”

I was relieved and happy to hear it. I’d like to think that’s how you feel about it, too.

4 Responses to “At home and away”

  1. Shana says:

    just like normal, except every once in a while you have to go away somewhere. oh…and we got a great new book to read!

  2. Cid says:

    Your book arrived in my local bookstore last Tuesday after being promised the week before, finished it in two days and I will recommend it to all the intrepid explorers still in the field, especially the MOBs. I read the Globe & Mail review and was so sorry to have missed you at Harbourfront.

  3. I love that you are acknowledging this and being aware of the imbalance that could be created. It seems like with this awareness, you are making sure to be present when you are there.

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