On Running Low, Saying No and Letting Go
8th July 2016
I haven’t been here for a while - my tank is low on juice.
It’s been a fairly depleting few months with Keith travelling a lot and the children having one of those loops of winter sickness.
Running as a constant low sad note through our lives right now is the illness of my father-in-law. He’s a wonderful friend, an important person in my life, a brilliant and kind mathematician with a capricious twinkle in his eye. The more I understand Alan, the more I understand many parts of my beloved partner Keith, and watching Alan cope with lung cancer has taught me many lessons about dignity and stoicism. I wish I was not learning these lessons, but there we have it.
Being social feels too exhausting right now. I am at peak capacity with these children, this house, this husband, these feelings. It feels good to be honest about saying ‘no’. It feels important to be home, playing chess,sorting the endless washing pile, cooking spicy beans and drawing the blinds down on the outside world. I am trying to find moments to write and trying to conserve my energy.
Sometimes it’s impossible to manage more.
In the meantime, Raised by Wolves, written by my spirit animal Caitlin Moran and her sister, is bringing me many, many laughs. (Free on SBS right now - is anybody watching it? It is hilarious), and it was my birthday this week (forty-five!) Keith and I went for a lovely quiet date last night. We saw Tarzan - my advice is to suspend the critical eye and enjoy the scenery - i.e Alexander Skarsgard (happy phwooarsdday night!)
Afterwards we ate bresaola, drank Prosecco and talked travel. Home by ten. It was lovely. Quiet. Perfect.
All the best out there, my friends.