I got the job! YAY! I absolutely absolutely love it! I get to work with kids, get to work with someone with health problems (who won't live much beyond high school.... :( so in some ways similar to nursing home care in that these are the last years, let's make'm good), get to work with people I like, get to be around my kids, and get paid for it! I'm "taking" applied courses instead of academic, so I'm in classes with kids who need tutoring, and I've done tutoring, so there are a few classes where I get pulled in to help with that, and I love that, too.
Life on the home front is about the same. Well sort of. I'm beginning to realize something important, I think. I think I began to realize it awhile ago, but not applied here in this realm. I think I began to realize that I am not responsible for my husband's choices awhile ago. I'm not responsible if he chooses to be angry or depressed, or silent. I think I got that. The part that I don't think I got the last few times around the roller coaster is that I can chose.
I'm choosing now. I'm choosing to be me, to not be controlled by how he is. No longer needing to check in with him before I can say I am ok or not ok. No longer, he is angry, so we are cautious; he is depressed, so we are quiet; he is ________ so we are ________ . I am who I am. I choose to be happy, to live life, to be me, to be calm, to be confident, to go on. To not allow him so much control over my life.
Interestingly, I felt guilty at first from distancing myself thinking it might not be a caring thing to do. I found out, though, that it is more caring. In distancing myself and refusing to ride the coaster through the ups and downs, I am limiting the emotional toll it takes on me. I am limiting the wounding that I allow for my heart. I'm beginning to think that by keeping myself whole, when he finishes his ride, he will step off to a whole wife who will be able to accept positive steps towards healing the relationship. If you ride with him, you end up looking for the closest bucket to hurl into when you step off and are in no shape to assist in building wholeness in the relationship.
So I'm choosing to live. To live with both feet on the ground. To choose joy. To choose to smile. To choose to love - but with borders that keep me whole. A whole person is more able to love wholly anyway.
I'm watching this coaster out of the corner of my eye while I enjoy life. I refuse to be miserable just because someone else is. I am enjoying my life. But watching it, I see signs that it might be on the last few loops. We can hope. Until then, I chose life and joy.
We can continue to hope and pray that his rides 'round will get fewer and fewer and less and less in intensity, and that perhaps some help in that might be accepted, but I have decided that the kids and I will not live in the shadow of a coaster ride. We will not allow that that much control over our lives. We will survive, grow, laugh, and be happy, and we will survive together. Since that talk, they've been more relaxed, too.
In fact, I have two high school boys who are delighted to have their mom in their school and who beg me to come on class trips. Yet they are not clingy and timid. They are fine without me, but love to have me with them. Some days when I see that, I smile. We are going to be ok. And we will survive. Whether he stops riding the ups and downs of a roller coaster or not, the kids and I will stick together and thrive together.