This word from Jessie Wise encourages me:
Personally, I decided to put on hold some of my goals. But I held on to the wise council given me when my children were toddlers: “Live your life in chapters. You don’t have to do everything you want to do in life during this chapter of rearing children.” This advice provided the cornerstone of my plans for personal goals.
I wanted to write. I wanted to make a hand-braided early American-style rug. When my three children were toddlers, I had a whole stash of wool, all stripped in preparation for braiding. Since toddlerhood wasn’t the right time to start such a large project, I stored it in boxes “until the children are in school.” Instead of sending them off each morning while I quietly braided the rug, I was even more busy with home schooling than I had been with three preschoolers.
I have time to write now. My rug-in-waiting is still in boxes, although I can almost see the time approaching to start it — thirty years later! But my children are the most creative project I have been involved in. I can’t compare the relationship I have with them to a relationship with a rug, no matter how beautifully hand-crafted. And my crafting of their education has been life-enriching to all of us.
–Jessie Wise, The Well-Trained Mind