Just Write {140}

June 17, 2014

It’s been raining a lot here, but when it isn’t, the sun shines hard but it never gets extra super hot like Austin. I saw a picture of some Austin friends on Facebook and they were at a baseball game with sweat dripping, their hair all wet with it. I can feel it through the screen, but then through my window screen at home I feel a soft breeze and remember all there is to love about Minnesota. Until winter, when I will remember all there is to love about Austin. It’s strange to look at these photos and think of our Texas home and friends because it’s been not just a whirlwind but more like a hurricane, bringing us back Home and to a New Life.

New Lives.

More and more I realize that as much as this family will always be a whole, we’ll always be separate, just as we were Before. That might not make any sense to anyone but me. But the reality I could never really face is that even my children are entirely separate from me, no matter how attached. That might seem so obvious, but it’s not, to a mother.

Now, when they are with Daddy, I think of them all the time and never stop being mom, of course. It feels weird and I can’t get it out of my head that I’m always going to be missing things they do and say. It hurts a lot. It’s quiet here when they’re away and even though I’m always hungry for quiet, it is the wrong kind of quiet. It is the deafening kind that isn’t peaceful, just empty. A void. And yet I carry them around in me all the time, with this belief that we are all one in our belonging, our connection, our hearts.

On this particular cool Minnesota Tuesday morning, they are sitting right here with me, and the birds in the back yard are terribly excited about the early morning. The breeze is chilly enough to make the kids reach for soft blankets on the couch. They yawn and stretch and ask for waffles. They fight over things and move on. They interrupt a lot. Miles is drawing and Asher has Nutella around his mouth. Elsie is calling from her big girl bed, because she hasn’t figured out that she can just get up and climb out. She is crib programmed.

That’s what it’s like, don’t you think? We get used to things as they are and we don’t know at all how to do the New Thing. So we wait for someone to tell us what to do and sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t. Figuring it out for yourself leaves some of us sitting un-tethered believing we are imprisoned even in the rare times that we are not.

Elsie appeared upstairs after Asher called to her to tell her she could get up all on her own. Her eyes are shiny with sleep and the magic of having done something on her own, for the first time. She is beaming like the three year old little girl she is, no longer a baby at all and still my baby. A girl wanting to be both, that’s her right now, depending on the moment. I totally get it.


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Kelly @ Love Well June 17, 2014 at 9:17 am

Girl. You write poetry and truth. And selfishly, I’m glad you are enjoying the same soft sun as me again. (That’s what I always noticed when we came back to Minnesota from Southern California. The sun was still warm. But it didn’t assault me the same way it did at the southern latitudes.)
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Pamela June 17, 2014 at 9:33 am

I’ve been here a while, reading old posts and just being saturated in the beauty of your words. My oldest daughter is married and my youngest will be in December. But your words about Before really sank deep. We’re still a family, yet it looks so different. ~Pamela
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Branson June 17, 2014 at 6:22 pm

It has been a while since I have been here, and I am glad I found my way back! Your words are beautiful and so real.
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Robbie June 18, 2014 at 9:54 am

We eventually figure out the NEW THINGS and then they become the old things as we keep moving forward. Thinking of you.
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