I admit it. I can’t wait for school to start. I have 3 sons. Two will be off to college in a few weeks and the other will be back to high school shortly thereafter. I love my kids. I really do. They are generally well behaved and very sweet. But….

They are detrimental to my work schedule. I close my office door, put signs threatening to “do not disturb unless you are on fire” on the door, ask nicely for quiet, and remind them that I am “at work”.

Right now, outside my window, six teenagers are in the swimming pool. They are apparently hard of hearing because they have to yell even though they are right next to each other. Last time I looked out, one boy was peeing in my landscaping.

Tomorrow is my middle son’s graduation party, so I have all of the work and stress associated with that running through my mind/body. Did I order enough food? What have I forgotten? Do we have a final count?

In other words, how am I supposed to actually work? I could deal with just one or the other, but this particular combination of distractions is making me mildly crazy. Maybe I’ll go outside and start yelling arbitrary words and noises. Most of them don’t know me well enough to know whether I am truly insane or not…. This could be my best plan yet. Either that or I give up and go read a book.