Why I Didn’t Answer Your Email










Grace Helmer


I’m 47 years old. Two days ago, you sent me an email, which I did not answer. I didn’t answer it, in part, because I am 47 years old.

I appreciated your email. You are a person, who has written an email, and I am a person, who should reply to that email. However, your email arrived on Wednesday afternoon, and just as I opened it, my 16-year-old son came in. He wanted to describe to me an app he is in the process of developing. Then he showed me a funny article someone had sent him, and I showed him a funny article someone had sent me, and then I explained that I had work to do, that I needed, in fact, to respond to your email, and also to write 3,000 words in the next 36 hours. “I’ve only written 300,” I said.

“Then you just have to do that again,” he said, “10 times.”

This seemed to me very encouraging. I reapplied myself to my computer, where your email was open on the screen, and he left, and then he returned.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/12/opinion/sunday/email-children-balance-parenting.html

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