Right now my head feels like I have 100 little ping-pong balls bouncing around every which way. It's really rather exciting! All sorts of goodies have arrived in the mail and I'm just itching to start play with them--sparkling Angelina fibers, bouncy wool, hand-dyed felt, and, of course, luxurious mohair. And I've got a bear and an "elephump" who are rather impatient to come to life with stuffing and joints. I'm the impish little girl just waiting to get her hands on all of the candy!
Okay, now it's time to take a deep breath. Practicality must make itself known, bore that it is. It has to have its say and it WILL be heard. The little imp sighs and takes a seat in a straight-backed chair. Practicality says in its sternest voice, "School starts on Monday and you have not finalized your girls' daily homeschool schedule. How will they know how much to read in each book? You certainly don't want to make the same mistake as last year when they only read the minimum number of pages and, therefore, didn't finish all of their reading until well into the summer, now do you? And, don't forget, you still haven't filed away their work from last year. You have a lot of work to do, young lady, so get to it!"
The little girl, hands folded in her lap, sighs again while looking at her hands. Her feet swing back and forth under the oversized wooden chair. Suddenly her face brightens and a sly grin spreads across her face. "Yes, you are right, Practicality. I do have a lot of work to do and, as you said, it must get done. There's no two ways about it. I have much work that has waited much too long to be attended to. So, I shall start now." She slides off of the chair and walks determinedly towards the door.
"Wait a minute!" Practicality bellows, "What are you up to?"
The girl's pace quickens. "Why, I'm off to work, of course! The new "elephump" is calling and must be attended to! I mustn't be negligent. Work is work, you know. Monday is Labor Day. School doesn't start until Tuesday! I have a whole extra day to get things done," she sings as she is now in a full run, out of the reach of Practicality.
And that is the way of it.