Smelling Toast

It was a quiet moment. The sibling groups were in sweet combinations, because I was left alone in my room to read for twenty minutes and do some writing. There was nary a knock nor squabble.

I felt grateful.

Part of the writing process is just doing it.


There is always a pile of excuses as to why I don’t have space, yet somehow I get drawn into passive scrolling on social media or sucked into other projects and time wasters.

Lately, though, my words have gone missing, and I feel stuck. I grab a few minutes here and there and . . . nothing.

It’s odd, really, the way I thought I would have all this time to write once school was out and I was home for the summer. I have time, yes, but inspiration and motivation now evade me. I feel empty.

Empty and quiet.

So that afternoon, when I sat smelling toast as the not-so-littles prepared themselves a favorite snack, I tried not to think about the damage to the kitchen. I soon realized it was a small price to pay for the quiet.

cinnamon toast

I didn’t realize it was also buying me future inspiration, that memory of smelling toast.

2 thoughts on “Smelling Toast

Thanks for heart-composting with me! I appreciate your words.

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