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.

The Long-Awaited Honest-to-God Secret to Being Happy

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.

Especially men.


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