I took a break from blogging last week, because my husband was home all week and because I’ve been going through a rough time. Let’s just say an event brought up a lot of feelings to my surface, and my cup runneth over. I’ve had some sleepless nights, some good cries, and some real talk with my husband. The reality of this move is still settling with me, but yet it does not feel settled at all. I’ve realized I’m mourning the life we left behind – the one I didn’t think I’d have to leave – and I’m not ready to let that go yet. They say that the depression stage is the final one before acceptance, so maybe I can hope this is progress?
In all my wallowing, I’ve realized just how much I’ve taken my husband for granted. And so today, I sat down and this letter to him just poured out of me. I’ll post it here as a mode of self expression. Perhaps I will say all of this to him in not so many words. The military lifestyle is not for the faint of heart.
I know I haven’t been the most pleasant thing to be around lately. I have been quiet, and sad, and a little selfish by wallowing in my feelings. I have been short with you, maybe a little too reliant on you for help with the baby, maybe even a little mean at times. And at other times, I have required you to be up late with me because I can’t sleep, or hold me while I cry and pray that you can figure out what to say to me to snap me out of the funk I’m in.
I know you have feelings, too. You work so, so hard. Long hours, short nights. You never stop when you get home, either: take the baby on a walk so I can cook dinner in peace, take her outside and push her in the swing, feed her the dinner I cooked. Every other night it’s your turn to give her a bath, read her a story and then we both put her to bed. And then you do the dishes from the meal I cooked (although usually we do this one thing together). After the kitchen is cleaned, either you or I (lately it’s often you) have to make your lunch for the next day, set the coffee, wipe down the countertops. Maybe we have an hour to veg on the couch, but then it’s time to get ready for bed. Lock up the house, check on the baby, brush teeth, get all of your clothes out for work the next day. Sometimes lately I don’t let you sleep as much as you need, because I am lost and need help. And then it’s morning, and you are gone before I am awake, and everything starts all over again.
And then I am home all day with our daughter, with mostly my thoughts for company (toddlers aren’t very good at empathy). And I feel sad. Because I don’t have any friends really, in this new place. Because I’m lonely all day, and I don’t like this new town we moved to, and I miss my home and my family so incredibly much that sometimes I feel a small hole in my heart. And I’m sad because I don’t want to wish away this time, when our daughter is so small and snuggly and sweet. When I feel the last years of being truly young playing out to true adulthood.
My mom says I am grieving for that life we had but chose to leave behind. It was a risk, we said, and risks can have big payoffs. A big promotion, a big bonus, new opportunities. But the only opportunity I want open to us is the one we left behind. I want to go back. I would still go back. I’m not sure my mind will change on that.
But I know we can’t go back. We can only go forward, and I still don’t know how to do that yet. This is not the town for me, the people, the lifestyle. I am lonely and not confident anymore, like I was where we used to live, where everything made sense. Where I made sense.
What will become of me now?
I am sorry for my selfish sadness right now. I hope it won’t last long, but the truth is I just need to be selfish at the moment. I need you to be there for me, even if I can’t be there for you in the same way. I need you to tell me over and over and over again that it will be okay, that this time is a blip on the radar of our life together, that life will go on and I will find happiness. That you will lose sleep with me sometimes, and let me cry, and help me through this.
Life isn’t always supposed to be easy, and I get that. This is a difficult time in my life, in our lives, but I don’t want it to be wasted. Maybe I can embrace the difficulty, pray about it, and let it build me up even stronger. Maybe. But I don’t feel my strongest these days. I feel sensitive and sad. And I need you to see me through to happiness again. And I promise that if you can do that for me, I will one day do it for you, too.