I was reminded this week how feelings and experiences can come back to bite you when you least expect it. Things you thought were over and done – you thought you dealt at the time – suddenly are there again.
I’ve had three back surgeries – the last one eleven years ago and then another this summer. I’ve recovered well, though my daughter says I walk funny. I say, I’m doing the best I can. But it occurred to me that the last surgery took place one year before I was laid off at the base and began a new career late in life. That job also didn’t last because the company left town and I once again had to land another job.
It’s been twenty years since I lost my parents. They were both sick at the same time and I tried my best to look after them until the bitter end. I hope my children don’t go through that, but they might.
In the shower this week, (why there, I have no idea) old feelings came slamming back. I felt I’d been trying to slay dragons once again and I have no idea why. Maybe the back surgery brought it all to the forefront. Maybe it was because my dad had open heart surgery in August. It’s been said there are anniversaries for feelings. There have been several lately when I think about it.
But with a lot of prayer, I feel like I’m going to get better. I am keeping the dragons at bay, or maybe learning to dance with them. Dragons can be a formidable opponent or gracious ally depending upon how you look at them.
Writing about my feelings helps me get them out in the open sometimes so I can examine them. It may bore the reader but helps the writer.
But this writer has been working on two manuscripts this week in spite of the dragons.
What are you reading this week?