My husband is out of town. I had the house to myself after the tiny one went to bed. I thought perhaps the complete freedom might be liberating, but honestly, I’m bored without my partner. I miss him. I decided to take a bath and as I took my hair down, I thought about how hideous it currently looks and I made the ugliest face I could contortion. I am not sure why, but I sometimes choose to do this. I prefer it when I can perform this for my husband. I adore his responses. He is slightly horrified by what I can conjure, particularly if I am inspired by either old school Rachel from Glee or my perception of zombies. I thought about this during my free time tonight and I thought maybe I should be concerned that this would eventually be a major repulsion for my husband. I immediately dismissed the thought. “Come on, he’s crazy about you” was my inner response. Then I realized that this is a gift my parents gave me long ago. I have never felt unloved by them. I have never doubted the family bond of my parents, my brothers, and myself and it has allowed me to feel security in my grown up family. This is not to say that I have not been allowed to blow around in the wind on my own, because I have, and I am also grateful for this. My parents knew me and trusted the relationship enough to let me flounder and succeed or fail as needed before swooping in to save the day. I am so happy, after the fact, that they did. Here is what shaped me:
- My parents let me sing multiple verses of Santa Claus is coming to town to our congregation at church, in June, at age 3. (This led to me thinking teenage boys would like to hear me sing too, which was a very successful method of birth control. Sneaky parents.)
- My parents allowed me to audition for everything and drove me to said auditions. If I failed, they talked with me but let me know that failure is part of life.
- When I realized TCU’s music program was terrible for musical theater goals, they let me decide whether to stay or transfer. No judgment made. For the record, I made the wrong choice.
- When I asked when we were all moving me to New York City, my mother said I had it wrong and I should buy a one-way ticket and figure out where to stay. I thought she was evil. In hindsight, she was both brave and brilliant.
- When I could not figure out how to live in New York City, my parents did save the day and paid for my broker’s fee for the apartment. I paid the rent.
- My dad drove me out to California to go back to school. I paid for school; he paid for all the insurance needed on my 26-year-old self. I got a 4.0 and the outstanding student award for my major. I needed to pay for school myself in order to achieve that.
Catching your child on every stumble can lead to an insecure child/adult, I have decided. I am learning how hard it is not to sprint over when someone pulls the tiny one’s hair, or he falls 4 inches and bruises his forehead, but learning disappointment at a young age is ok. I would rather that he be disappointed about being in his crib and learn to figure it out, than have an adult who is constantly disappointed about everything, without seeing how to make it ok internally. I want to raise a boy who is so confident about having been so loved and believed in that he was allowed to fall a little bit, knowing he could pick himself up. All of this rambling comes from one ugly face in the mirror. Come home soon Patrick.