Friday, after months of struggling, our router stopped working for good. To our surprise, our dishwasher followed along within an hour of the internet being gone. We've had problems with the dishwasher from day one and The Engineer has had to fix it several (lots of) times. This time he couldn't. He looked me in the eye and asked if I would rather have a dishwasher or the internet.
"Internet." I said without batting an eye.
I can wash dishes by hand, even the amount we go through with two kids and a mom who loves to cook. But I can't stay in touch with friends, my writer's websites, or my career without the internet.
I knew taking up writing professionally would require some sacrifices, Though I hadn't really thought about the dishwasher. I knew that I might not get out socially much. Hobbies have been dropped to the wayside. My house isn't as clean as it once was. But I have no regrets.
If you need me, I'll be washing dishes.
Who am I kidding, I'll be on the internet.
What would you choose? What have you given up to write?