How to Enjoy Nothing Time

Nothing_timeToday I took a walk with a single-mom friend who has recently taken on a full time job. Her 10-year-old son gets home from school at 3:30 p.m.; she arrives home with his younger brother about an hour later.

I asked her if he was okay with being alone for that hour. She answered that he was ‘too’ okay with it.

“What does that mean, ‘too’ okay?” I asked.

“It means he loves being at the house by himself.”

“But that’s good, no?”

“Well, he doesn’t do anything. Doesn’t do his chores, he doesn’t do homework. Nothing gets done for that whole hour.”

I pause in amazement at her response. Now, this is a woman who is smart, beautiful, loving, and good. I know she doesn’t mean what she’s saying.

“You are kidding me, aren’t you?” I ask. [Read more…]