Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree Tilt.
Now that the girls are back home, the energy in the house is back to normal and everything feels very solid again. Well, as solid as it gets these days.
But I’m seeing another purpose in how intensely off-kilter life felt last week. It’s a reminder.
It’s a reminder that sometimes when the energies are intense and people are alone and lonely and become in- tensely lonely, they’re tempted to go do stupid things to fill that gap of loneliness. I didn’t do anything stupid, but my treadmill got a lot of extra wear, my keyboard took a pounding, and the dog got lots of extra attention from me. Even though I was tempted to go meet new people who really didn’t appeal that much to me.
For some reason—I don’t know why—I’m supposed to recognize that. That people do really stupid things when they’re very, very lonely.