If multi-tasking were an Olympic event, my neck would need a daily massage from the weight of all that gold.
Because don’t think for a minute, I wouldn’t wear those medals. Around my neck. Daily.
It’s not an event, yet. But I still pride myself in being able to accomplish many tasks, simultaneously.
It’s a gift.
Most days I just do it and don’t even think about it. I can talk on the phone, cook dinner, wipe a snotty nose and open the oven with my big toe.
Oh, I kid about the oven and my toe.
As my toddler plays in the backyard, I can sweep off the patio, swat mosquitoes, pull an errant weed and dig half a caterpillar from her mouth.
It is a high calling.
The other day, I was scratching things off my ‘to do list’ like a madwoman. Cleaned fridge: check; swept floor: check; dinner: on the stove; Girl Scout vest ordered: yep ; Reading a blog: in the process.
Besides all the mothering and blogging I do, I also work about 15 hours a week from home. So, busy, I am (said in my best Yoda voice).
My daughter walked up in the middle of all that multi-tasking earlier this week. She needed to tell me something really, really important.
I don’t exactly know what, because with all that efficiency I didn’t listen. I was close to capacity.
I nodded and uh hum’d her. She walked off and I stayed engrossed at my computer.
Later, the rest of the family wanted me to join them for a family night video.
My mind raced with all the things I needed to do, could be, doing. Do you know it took a vast amount of self-control to only sit? For the first 10 minutes, I kept thinking “maybe I could at least fold a basket of clothes while I watched or straighten toys while I listened.“
I resisted the urge and it was the first time in a while, I focused on one thing.
And I’m so glad I did. We laughed our heads off at the funny home movie of my son getting his first haircut. When the video concluded, my daughter hugged me. “Thanks, Mom.”
She noticed the difference.
“Tell me again what you were saying in the kitchen,” I asked.
Because I missed it.
And I was reminded again that there are just some things we’re not meant to multi-task.