Thursday, August 10, 2006

My Best Friend

I made it through yesterday. My son lives several hours away. The sun still came up this morning. You had all assured me it would but it was a relief to see it for myself. I think I did great. I cried a bit but not in front of my son. He knew tears were close but I think he was relieved not to have to confront them when he was a bit emotional himself.

There were several reasons I was worried about yesterday. Of course I worried about the move, but I was also worried about me and Nick and how serious we are about this new lifestyle. My biggest fear is that the bliss I have felt this summer is going to ebb away as work and real life takes over. I worry that Nick won’t believe it is truly a lifestyle that I want us both to continue to explore and live and I was worried about me. How serious was I, would it all begin to seem like a game to me when confronted with the ‘real life’ concerns of our son’s leaving. Much of my fears were laid to rest yesterday.

It really began the night before, I was in the kitchen when one of the waves hit and I found myself in tears. Now over the years I know that Nick never really knew how to react to my tears. They don’t come often. I hate to cry. He never knew whether to ignore them, give me a hug or what. He didn’t know what I wanted him to do because I didn’t know what I wanted him to do. I usually just tried to get away from everyone when the tears started. But Tuesday night it felt different. When I started crying he just held me and I didn’t feel like I had to hide, I just leaned against him and it felt wonderful.

I woke up around 4:00 AM Wednesday morning thinking that what would really help me get through the day was a spanking. But I knew it wasn’t likely. I didn’t think that Nick would try that when he knew my mind was so consumed with other thoughts and feelings. I was wrong!! I heard the click of the door that usually precedes interesting activities in out bedroom. Nick started rubbing my bottom with the bamboo backscratcher. I can’t tell you exactly what he said but I know what I heard. He said that he knew it was going to be a hard day and he knew I would be sad and that was okay, but I needed to remember it was our son’s day and not to be so upset as to make it harder for him. He also said he wanted me to focus on us and our lives and not just the change in our son’s life. He then started with the backscratcher in a way that really helped me focus!! OUCH! He didn’t go particularly hard; we had a long ride ahead of us. Although not being able to sit comfortably would have been wonderful treat. That will really keep you focused!!

I wish I could make you understand how different these past few days would have been if they had taken place 3 months ago. I would have cried alone, hiding from my husband. I would have been consumed with loneliness at the thought of my son’s leaving. I would have felt that my best friend was moving away. But now when I cried, my husband held me and I know that I didn’t leave my best friend at college. I came home with my best friend.

Written by PK at 9:44 AM

7 comments

7 Comments:

At 10:54 AM, Blogger Eva said...

My friend, you are doing wonderful. How cool when you take the gift God's given you (your marrieage) and make it into something awesome. Your son will find his way without you.. and you without him. But you and Nick? May you be truly lost without each other.

 
At 2:41 PM, Blogger Paul said...

Dear Elis, you are growing, even in the short time you have been posting.
May the bond between you and Nick continue to strengthen.
That's part of what this lifestyle's about, it makes you not just partners, not just lovers, but best friends and that's wonderful.
Big hugs,
Paul.

 
At 3:06 PM, Blogger Grace said...

Isn't it amazing? Your best friend has been with you all this time and you didn't even know it!!!

What a wonderful love story unfolding right before our eyes!

HUGS!

 
At 3:14 PM, Blogger CeeCi said...

Dang it, Elis...you did it again...you made me cry. I hope Nick reads this. I hope he knows how amazing you are and how amazing your relationship is becoming. I'm honored to be able to read about it as the two of you grow into the love that was just beneath the surface.

You two are gorgeous!

**Big Hugs**

 
At 3:41 PM, Blogger Mel said...

That's probably the greatest, bestest thing about beginning to explore an alt' lifestyle. Suddenly, you're able to tell each other what went well and what went bad about the night before; bit by bit you're able to open up to your partner and tell them about your hidden wants or desires. It does bring the people in a relationship closer together. It's an amazing thing, and I'm glad you're experiencing it.

 
At 4:20 PM, Blogger New Beginnings said...

Eva,
It is a gift from God, I sometimes think of the wasted time. But not often, we are just going forward from here.

Paul,
I am amazed daily.

Grace,
Who'd thought to look at home!

Ceeci,
I think he reads daily now. Funny it was just days ago that I was uncomfortable with him reading my blog. But as I realized every word I posted was true - well I want him to know too.

Mel,
If someone had explained it to me I never would have believed it.

 
At 2:01 PM, Blogger Theresa said...

When Michael went to GHP this summer we called it our trial run for college. Afterall, I did take him to a college and leave him for 6 weeks. I thought the trial would be would he get himself to class, and manage laundry etc. The trial turned out to be mine. Could I survive with him gone.

I cried that first day all day and he had no cell phone signal at the school. Will tired to console me over the phone. Once he asked when we could get the cell phone fixed and talk. Through tears I hiccuped oh they're fixed now. I've talked to him 5 times today!

By the 5th week of Michael being gone, his cat would just pace from room to room crying. I don't know how she and I will survive.

But once again you have confirmed my theory. It will all be so much better so much easier when Will is actually with me.

Huggs
Theresa

 

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