Dear Karthik,

Another wonderful article, thank you. But in all honesty, it wasn’t the title that got me, it was the picture of the doggo in the swing. Come for the photo, stay for the words: clever strategy!

I don’t think it’s selfish at all to take at least 15 minutes just for yourself. If I didn’t do that, I would be irritable, snappish & unpleasant to be around — who wants that? A small price to pay for me to be a nicer person, especially to my children, as an example of how to behave.

Writer and storyteller, immigrant, wife, mom, knitter, collector of jokes, lover of cheap, sweet wine.