Day by day
Oh Dear Lord
Three things I pray
To see thee more clearly
Love thee more dearly
Follow thee more nearly
Day by day
- from Godspell
not that i'm religious
i describe myself as a "recovering catholic"
(when i was kid the Priest in the Parish that was attached to our school would tell the other kids to rough me up because he was a bitter political opponent of our political party in general and my family in particular - i have some resentment issues...)
but i could sure use some serenity
i wanted (and had) the prayer of St. Francis sung as one of the hymns at my wedding
Make me a channel of your peace
Where there's despair in life, let me bring hope
Where there is darkness, only light
And where there's sadness, ever joy
that and this one (derived from Matthew 25:34)
Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me.
When I was hungry, you gave me to eat;
When I was thirsty, you gave me to drink.
Now enter into the home of My Father
as you know, i have been active in socialist politics for my whole life
in politics, people often discuss the written works, or ideological treatises that motivated them to activism
those two songs - that i learned as a very small child - still move me to tears - it might be weird, but it's the truth - those two songs and the ideas contained within them are the core of my personal philosophy
if it sounds strange that religion would be part of socialism, well... the social gospel is a huge component in the development of our political movement - we were founded primarily from the activists from radical churches in the 20s and 30s - at least our intellectual base (and our longest serving leader and premier [like a state governor] was a radical baptist minister) was derived from theological treatises. i think that's one reason that Barack Obama appeals to me so much - the emphasis on self-reliance - but help being there if its needed no questions asked - no "means test" - the emphasis on human dignity - as we say in our party: "the best social program is a job"
When I was weary, you helped me find rest.
When I was anxious, you calmed all my fears
my children are weary
i am weary
i spend a lot of time trying to calm them and work through their feelings
there is a rule of thumb in counseling that it takes three years of counseling to overcome every year of trauma/disturbance
i am trying to work my kids through their shit faster and easier than all that
my counselors and doctors (and Smitten) say that i have made remarkable progress in the time since leaving
i hope to be able to help my children in the same way
i work every moment i can or am able to help them
they are the total focus of my life
i don't post much (obviously) because i spend almost every waking hour thinking about and working on the issues that confront me and confront my children
i am in counseling twice a week, and Smitten is ever my stalwart coach through this process
i try to escape the madness
and posting keeps me there
lots of times i will go to post and then just end up playing a computer game to "zone out" - i play strategy games - the illusion of order within the construct of the game helps me cope
the kids are moving away from the fear they had/have of their mother and her tirades/rants/sessions. they (especially daughter) are becoming defiant (son was already there) of her and avoiding contact with her
they are feeling somewhat protected and sheltered
i understand the transition they are going through
daughter and son are in incredible muscle pain
their symptoms mirror my own
i don't think they are mimicking
i am taking them for massage and chiro and to the doctor (and exercising), but they are still in much pain
with the stbx you have no choice but to internalise your emotions because she cuts you off in all directions
i used the analogy before:
when you were a kid, did you ever encounter another kid who would "torture" a dog by cornering/crowding it, and then cutting off all means of escape - and every time the animal would try to escape they would move and block that point of escape/exit... did you ever see that one?
that's what she does in conversation
if you are angry she attacks you for being angry - if you are calm she attacks you for being disinterested or disengaged - if you are ordered and solution oriented she attacks you for being emotionless...
and on... and on... and on...
as soon as you respond to one charge or accusation she pulls the rug out from under you and throws another lie or baseless charge that has just enough of a whiff of basis in truth or actual events that you react and try to defend yourself - and then she cuts you off and/or changes topics again - and then attacks you for not answering the original question she asked - and accuses you of not being interested or caring enough to respond to her feelings - and attacks you for being off on some other topic (that she injected) and not addressing what she wanted you to
it's a no win situation
she's fucking nuts
the kids get trapped just like me
they get suckered in time and again
please read "Sweetened Cocnut" to review an analysis of her shit...
sometimes we don't answer the phone
sometimes we do
sometimes i can keep the calls down to only 4-6 minutes (a great victory)
the stbx calls all the time
since the kids went away she wants more to do with them than she did while they lived with her. the kids are sick of it. as son said "before, at least, she'd just ignore me and leave me alone - now i actually have to spend time with her"
but then sometimes she's nice
and the longing they have for the mother they wish they had comes out
i understand that too
i wanted to live with "lucid [stbx]"
daughter has dropped her ethnic dance
that was the reason she cut herself that morning
she didn't want to go to practice that night and she didn't want to tell her mother, or her aunt, or her grandmother on that side of the family
she was worried about their disappointment and recrimination
she had no place to put her anxiety so she took it out on herself
her anxiety was well placed
after i told her mother she wants drop out
and that the cutting was a direct result of her anxiety
while she was out with her mother - less than one week later - visiting grandma and auntie
they both put extreme pressure on daughter - not once - but on two separate occasions - daughter had to defend herself from three adults sumultaneously
even after i had warned her mother about the issue and warned that it might cause another cutting episode
the stbx denies they pressured her
daughter had to stay home from school the next morning because her legs and arms were in such spasm she couldn't walk
the doctor and my massage therapist were incensed that her mother would put such pressure on daughter - and with that outcome
especially my massage therapist
she was in tears at seeing that much tension and pain in a child
my kids sleep a lot
son almost fell asleep in class and came home for the rest of the morning to sleep
i am trying to get him up to back for the afternoon right now
will try to post more later