When Susie and I tell people that we're in the hospitality business, working at a large campground/resort, they often think of us as a vacationing couple. Many think of us as hosts who welcome campers to our park the way a greeter welcomes shoppers to Walmart. As my loyal readers wait for the next book or short story, they wonder,what can possibly be keeping Mark from writing?
Since you asked, let me tell you why I haven't finished my current book or produced any poetry or short stories for awhile.
Susie and I are responsible for operating our park's store and café. On a normal work day, I get up at 6:00, make our coffee, pray for our family and friends, and start breakfast (usually bacon and eggs) while Susie is getting ready for work. We leave our park model around 7:30 and generally return home at night between 7:30 and 8:30.
usually we work from 35-40 hours between Saturday morning and Monday night. In addition to our regular duties, we do other things that need to be done around the park. I could go into more detail, but after a 15-hour day yesterday and a 10-hour day today, I'm having a lot of trouble staying awake as I try to type.
We spend part of our days off working on tasks that demand our attention. We do our laundry and grocery shopping, and I still get up at 6:00 to unlock the store for our employees. We love what we're doing, but what we're doing is very hard work. I will write again for you, my friends and family, but not tonight.