In a marriage, you have two people. Like a table there are four legs on the ground. If one leg gets a little wobbly or looses its footing temporarily, there are three other legs to shoulder the load and an extra set of hands to help rearrange that 4 legged table into a three legged table. That extra set of hands helps make sure that nothing important gets left by the wayside and that the load is balanced so that the table can keep on functioning like a table should.
I miss my four legged table with an extra set of hands....a two legged table is more like an unsteady stack of Lincoln logs....take away one of the little bitty stacking pieces on one side-even for a minute and it is wobbly and threatens to topple. Even if it doesn't topple, the load is unbalanced, messy and precariously perched. You know, when everything goes nuts all at once, and you are standing there like, whoa, wait just a minute here, I am just one person being pulled in a million directions!
Dare I say that I am used to the unbalanced feeling of being stretched too thin? What I really miss is that other grown up in the house. The one who would help me do everything and would tell me that everything will be ok. Even something as simple as getting the dishes done or running to the grocery store could be handled with a divide and conquer approach which ultimately made us stronger. Grocery store, check, laundry, check, dinner, check, clean house, check, homework, check, work done, check....and on and on. When one of us was overloaded in some area, the other picked up the slack. No, there is no one to pick up slack and some stuff falls aside.
Even though my little Lincoln log tower is trusty and proven, I don't have all the answers. I am constantly second guessing whether I am good enough, whether I am making the right choices. I worry about being an only parent. I worry about the stuff that gets left to the wayside.
I know wishing to have a four legged table back is useless, so I will just have to find a way to work with what I do have....perhaps I can turn my Lincoln log tower into a cool bridge???