Thursday, November 1, 2012

Green Eggs and Ham: How Dr. Seuss Provided Me With a Proverbial Slap in the Face

"Again! Again! Pwwweeeease?! Read it again."

How you can deny the angelic pleading of a three year old is beyond me. Especially when that three year old is your own child. I had already read, 'Green Eggs and Ham' to him twice that very evening; and as I settled down next to him on his bed, he pressed his head against my shoulder and grinned because he knew that I had succumbed to his demands. 

I am Sam.

Sam- I-am.

That Sam- I -am!
That Sam- I -am!
I do not like that Sam-I -am.

Do you like green eggs and ham?

I think I read 'Green Eggs and Ham' a total of five times over the course of the evening, and then once more the following morning as he and I sat in line at the school drop off. Who knows? I lost count.

 While I was driving home this morning after dropping Rylan off at preschool, I wondered why he was so insistent on reading this particular book over and over again. I know that this is typical behavior for a child his age, but I couldn't shake the feeling that there was something more- that he had a specific reason for wanting only Mommy to read this story to him. 

I later came to realize that, to Rylan, my reading 'Green Eggs and Ham' had became synonymous with my presence. Each time I would read this story to him, he had my undivided attention. Apparently, that was exactly what he was craving. My presence.

This children's story provided me with a proverbial slap in the face- and I needed it. 

I had lost my focus and did not even realize it until this moment. I had grown far more excited over the response that I was getting on the blog, and the impact that I was having on people I will most likely never meet this side of heaven, than I was in the lives of my own children. Please do not misunderstand me, I love all of you- dearly- and God has used this blog in more ways than I could have ever imagined; but I love my children more.

 I still firmly believe that I am taking this blog in the direction the Lord is leading, but I have to wonder if I am doing too much, too soon? Is my current blogging schedule taking too much of my time away from my children?

I have come to the conclusion that yes, it is. I will still be writing a few times throughout the week, and we will still continue the Names of God Bible study- only, it will now be reduced to Monday mornings instead of every single day. And we will still have our Google+ hangout every Monday evening (starting Nov 5th) at 8 CST to further discuss as a community what was taught earlier that day.

Yet again, I have over promised and under-delivered, and I am sorry. Deeply sorry. I do hope that you will forgive me. I just cannot justify the amount of time that I am currently spending on the blog- especially given that this is something extra that I get to do- a hobby so to speak. My first responsibility is to my family. 

Thank you, Dr. Seuss, for providing me with this much needed wake up call.


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you, Ren! I'll still be blogging- just not every single day :)

  2. I couldn't agree with you more! Family first always!!

  3. Love this, Megan. As a fellow blogger, I constantly need to prioritize myself! And now the book! It's a struggle sometimes, isn't it? So glad you will put the brakes on and I'm sure your other readers are too:)

  4. Oh, Megan, I LOVE this post! I took a big step backwards this week and didn't blog once - my family needed me. And nothing important...I just felt like I was spending too much time at the computer, and not enough time with them. I'm looking forward to writing again...but have to remember the balance. Great post!


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