I put him to bed and he yells from his room, "Soo-gee, Mom-mom. Soo-gee!" Suddenly he's fighting sleep. Our child who has always been so easy to put down - a book, a big big hug and a big big kiss, lights out, eyes shut - is not.
Excuse me, Mama? He calls for my attention for minutes on end.
Do I go, or not? How long should I wait to go? Wait, I shouldn't go...
EL Doctorow compares writing to driving a car at night in the fog. Parenting is like that too, isn't it? You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can, hopefully, make the whole trip that way.