• Arie Hill

Do Not Disturb


It usually starts with a simple question, "Mom, can I have/play with/go...?". I hold up a hand praying the brilliance of the situation hasn't been killed by the interference. As if the plug has been raised from the drain, every bit milliliter of creativity is gone in a blink.

In the rise of the fog, I can't remember my child's name (Emma? Evelyn?), nor have I heard her question (Why does she mumble and slur?), and I wonder when the last time I saw her was (She's so tall now, when did her head clear the counter tops?). When I attend to her needs, I look back at the screen.

What was I writing about again? Why do I do this for a living? How long have I been here?  


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