by Thomas Brady


One of the things that I appreciate most about my parents, and particularly my mother, was that when I was working on something like art, something artistically, she would back out of the room and close the door. She didn’t sit there and say, “What are you doing now? Well, what is that? Is that a tree?” She didn’t do any of that. When I was done, she put it up on the refrigerator. She recognized that that was not necessarily another opportunity for parent-child interaction. That was what I was doing and I was fine. Let it ride.
— John Roderick, of The Long Winters, on Back to Work episode 31.