|and i'm not talking about the magazine|
Earlier this week, I was angry. Enraged, furious, frustrated, helpless, poisonous. I roared at my children, I threatened my dog, and I iced out my husband.
I was angry because....well, I don't know entirely. A large dose of it was probably from sleep deprivation. A combination of my husband's travels with very early departures and very late returns, following a couple of nights where my children were up repeatedly because they didn't feel well or they were having a developmental spurt or the crazy satellite passed overhead, who knows, mixed in with a weekend trip to my parents where I tried to sleep in the same room with an insane and energetic 4 month old Doberman puppy, bookended with the disastrously overdue phase of Getting Rid of Pacifiers Once And For All Even At Bedtime Gah This Is Awful. All of which meant about 6 nights in a row where I had interrupted or little or sometimes no sleep.
My reaction to not sleeping is to become very...not nice. To become irritable and fuzzy and mad and resentful and petulant and self-pitying. And screamy.
|i have a rare ability to yawn and scream at the same time|
I was pissed. Tossing-and-turning-in-bed-with-heavy-sighing pissed. Thinking about what a mistake this move was and how I had sacrificed too much and I needed to be more selfish and not worry about my family so much and just leave and go somewhere where I could be with my friends and how everyone is just mean and they can just go bebythemselveswhoneedsthemsothere.
I self-righteously indulged this train of thought for a good long while before I finally started to cry. Then I took a deep breath, realized that I had chosen to be where I am, and I was going to have to just gut it out, and that the only changes I could really make were within myself. So I resigned myself to waiting, to trying again and harder, to accepting. To setting new goals and opening my mind and reinventing myself. I gave up. Perhaps surrendered is a better word. Finally, relaxed, I slept deeply.
The next day, a mom from my daughter's class emailed to see if we could have a playdate that afternoon. My husband emailed me to see if I could set up a sitter for Friday so we could have dinner with his boss and wife. A colleague of my husband's called and we planned a day to meet at a park with our kids. And my realtor called to set up a lunch with me and client of hers she thought I would hit it off with.
All in one day. All on Wednesday. All the day after I finally got some sleep, and perhaps more to the point, surrendered. A veritable deluge of socializing.
Ok, but it felt nice. I don't have friends exactly, but I have people to talk to who can pronounce the letter R and don't constantly tell me they are a dinosaur. I have somewhere to be that isn't an errand or an appointment. I have to put on makeup. (And stress out about my weight and my skin and what to wear, like I'm a teenager on a first date again.)
So I'm not as mad anymore. I am mollified, anticipatory, and chastened. I'm making a life, one tantrum at a time.