It’s been a wild ride the past year or so. Just when I get closer to finishing my book, something happens like my mom breaks a hip. Or she gets breast cancer.
But then her hip heals! And she is cancer free! Hooray!
So there is now no excuse to not finally finish that book of mine.
But it’s Spring Break. And really, how much writing can one do when they are surrounded by two children, their three friends, and the neighborhood dog who insists on barking at their front door every day at five begging for treats and play time?
And then there is my husband. The dude works – a lot. And while I don’t expect him to shower me with attention like our dating days of yore, it does seem that we live in two separate worlds at times and I’m not really sure how that happened.
You see, he used to be this guy.
And I used to be this girl.
And we had this guy
Then my hot boyfriend morphed into this guy
And I morphed into this girl
And while we used to pour our joy into each other
We started pouring it all into them
And while I’m stoked that in some ways we have a wonderful happy together family
I wish that we felt a little more at ease with each other
Instead of trying so hard
But like tonight’s Beauty and the Beast show, which I was so happy to do a profile piece on, I am once again inspired to never give up. Like Tourettes, it’s imperative to find the beauty beneath the beast. In all our relationships, we must turn our compasses toward the lyrics of the main song: “Bitter sweet and strange… finding we can change… learning we were wrong.”
I am not perfect. Nor is my husband.
This life… it’s not always the fairy tale we expected before we had kids or were married.
But I’m thinking that no one has it all. And like the many shows I see that seem so together, I must never forget the hard work that goes into it. The days and days of choreography and practice and sweat and tears for the final applause at the end.
What a gift it was to spend the entire evening with my beautiful daughter, who went from this girl
To this one
She is kind and elegant and quick to laugh and forgive.
So must I be.
The takeaway: Don’t give up because of a bad day, because in the end, there promises to be a positive review after a wonderful performance.
Thinking of you all tonight.