#IWSG Distractions & Reunions

My son graduated from high school nearly two weeks ago.

Wow…this is STILL sinking in.

I mean, how is it possible that he’s no longer a child but a young man?

Where did the time go?

For his graduation, his uncle and three cousins drove all the way from western New York to attend the ceremony.

Karl & Cuzs

My mother, his Nana, flew in from Ohio to be there as well.

Karl & Nana

With life and the pandemic, this was the first time we were able to be with any family member in what – three years at least?

I didn’t realize how starved I was for direct interaction until my house was filled with conversations and laughter.

Writing was placed in the back burner while they were here.

Before I knew it, everyone was gone, and my house – too quiet and empty.

It took me a few days to get back into writing as the silence was more distracting than the company.

Yet once I did, the creativity just flowed out of me – in a way it hadn’t done in a very long time.

Right now, I’m trying to finish writing the first draft of a short story that I hope to submit on time for an anthology .

It’s going to be close!

Karl & Mom


  1. That’s great that it was safe for your family to come for your son’s graduation. I’ve enjoyed being able to see my mom who is in assisted living and my mom again. Congrats on your son’s graduation. It’s hard to fathom how fast they grow up. My daughter just turned 24 and bought her first house with her boyfriend. I’m grateful that they live in the same town as me but am not ready for her to be an adult in some ways.


  2. It all sounds wonderful! Glad you got to be around family for a bit, even if it feels emptier with them gone.

    Shannon @ The Warrior Muse (it defaults to my podcast since it’s the only WordPress account I have) thewarriormuse [dot] com


  3. That’s great. Congratulations!

    I’m with you about wondering where the time goes. My eldest will be moving to 9th grade in August/September. But there’s no transition graduation ceremony or diploma for middle school students. And before I know it he’ll graduating high school and going off to college. Seriously unbelievable how time flies. When he was born he was a preemie weighing less than two pounds. Wow.


  4. Congratulations on his graduation! My son graduates next year and I can hardly believe it!
    I agree with you that sometimes having a break from writing to be with family or go on vacation has wonderful results on my writing afterward. It’s so good to be in the moment and clear your head!


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