Mom Guilt

Flash Fiction February Challenge Day 28, the last one! Today’s prompt is to write a story that is entirely dialogue.

The following story is 100% true. While I have truly enjoyed pushing my creative brain to write these flash fiction stories this month–and I have had great opportunity to use them to develop some background for my novel–this month has been a challenge to say the least. I needed the opportunity to get away for some “me-time” but in most cases, I forced that opportunity into my afternoon at the expense of spending quality time with my two little kids. A constant struggle for the stay-at-home mom!

Did you have a favorite flash fiction story? You can find them all here. Tell me which one it was in the comments!

“You want to play with me?”

“I do want to play with you! I’m just trying to finish this story! I’ll be done in 20 minutes!”

*10 minutes later.*

“Do you want to play with me now?”

“I’m almost done!”

*Baby wakes up, 3-year-old misses the potty when going pee, clock is pushing towards dinner-making time. Add 15 minutes to clock.*

“Mom, I’m hungry!”

“I’m almost done, really! Just hold on a few more minutes, ok?”

*Repeat this scenario for 28 days. (Ok, like maybe 16 days. I just couldn’t make it work for all 28.)*

“Hey, mom, are you still writing or can we play?”

“No, it’s March 1st! We can play now! …just after I finish folding all this laundry.”

Published by Leah Abbey

I write about nature, parenting, and fiction from my home in the San Diego area. I try to keep this blog updated at least weekly. If you haven't heard from me in a while, it's probably because I've been working on my novel. (Or, just trying to stay sane while my three-year-old runs over his baby sister with a toy school bus.)

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