Maybe today was a trying day.
Maybe your work spins around a September start-up and this week was when things got real real.
Maybe today, being Suicide Prevention Day, poked and pulled at you in good ways or hard ways or good ways that are hard because maybe you're a survivor or live with depression in your life in some way. Maybe you read accounts of people deciding to choose to live and you thought "ha, you ain't see nothing, baby." And maybe you felt instantly guilty, because who are we to know? Who are we to ever really know?
Maybe you're about to leap into a life change; heading to school, getting married, having a baby, getting a divorce, moving to hospice. Or maybe this is happening to someone you love. Maybe, it could be even harder, it is not happening this time.
Maybe this Irish Blessing will let your soul rest for just a moment, just rest, not rest and then do something. Just rest.
One time years and years ago a friend shared this blessing that is a song with me during a scary time, and it helped me. Maybe it is helping me, here again, on this September Saturday. Maybe you, too.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Because mothering is all I ever wanted from life.
Because being a mother and building a family and paying close close attention to every detail along the way was my work.
My life's work.
Because that phase of my life is really long since over and when no offspring live at home, now, in just over a week, it's really done. Or, well, it is not over but is completely transformed in a whole manner that leaves no anchor to that former life, at all, in any way.
And because of that, I think, because all of who I am and ever was is really now completely over, I am bereft.
I watch the "first day of 3rd grade" and "too angsty to let me take a picture of the first day of 8th grade" posts go by on social media. Those days were so long ago for me. But I loved them.
I still love them.
The way I remember it, I was one of those people who noticed at the time that I loved the busy days at home with kids. We were lucky enough to homeschool for a good portion of that time, so the days had a longer rhythm that ebbed and flowed more like the seasons than frenetic days. We read books and spent long days exploring that were in fact simply interesting days spent together following creeks to learn about salmon or taking in a midday play.
It was all I wanted. And I am so grateful.
But here's the thing. Women are taught to become things. We learn to become a mother or become a whatever-our-career-is-person, We learn to become a wife and become an activist and become an advocate. And then, sometimes, those things go away. Then, what are we?
That's been my question. What am I?
I had to un-follow some people on social media because their "next thing" is so beautiful and whole and they have origami folded themselves into a sleek crane who is going to seminary or trekking off on an adventure of self-discovery. Please. I have no money for grad school or a trek of discovering what comes next. We have ginormous college bills for those brilliant children because we didn't save when we were becoming parents at 12 or whatever so, no, I don't want to watch you uproot your comfortable life and cram it into this new amazing thing. Well, I do, but it makes me dark and all self-hatey. So, I stopped.
Here lies my challenge. Figure out life. No financial investment possible. But there are hours in the day. I have job that I like. No other responsibilities, really. Job, a very busy husband, some time with my adult children when I can. Two badly behaved dogs. And this question:
What to do with my remaining years? And just who the hell am I supposed to be?
Posted by Kari at 4:41 PM
Sunday, September 4, 2016
Not what arrived in your mailbox or where did you go for lunch.
I don't want to hear about the backlog at work or what happened in the car wash.
The new kitten's antics are delightful, I am sure.
But that's not what I want to know, dear one.
The fourth visit from the refrigerator repair person must be exasperating, of course.
And the plans with your cousins to see the fallen heartthrob's eternal show in Vegas would be a wonderful story.
I am sure.
But that is still not what I want to know, dear one.
My heart wonders, and it wants to know, my love.
How is it with your soul, today?
Is the long forgotten dream peering from behind the list of things to do, asking for another chance?
Does longing throb in your fingertips to make or create or do?
What about grief, is that what I see? Glistening from the crease near your eye?
Is that twitch of your toe an untraveled trail, waiting for your steps?
Because I wonder, my dear,
how is it with your soul today?
Posted by Kari at 10:37 PM