Monday, March 9, 2009

Tripping

I'm visiting my parents this week. Yesterday my mom said how proud she and my dad are of me "after all this."

I found it trippy to think that anyone's pride might be attached to me for such a reason. I know they are just glad to see for themselves that I'm living and breathing and working on kicking myself down the road. But. It felt weird to hear it expressed in that way.

9 comments:

Ms Heathen said...

I think that it must take real strength and courage to begin rebuilding after all you've been through.

I too am proud of you.

Beautiful Mess said...

I agree with Ms. Heathen. I think you are a strong woman who is rebuilding her life. You're amazing and I look up to you for strength.

Tara said...

Your parents have a million reasons to be proud of you. Your strength is just one of those reasons.

I'm proud of you, too, sister.

Opus #6 said...

Parents always say awkward things. I say things to my daughter that are sometimes worded in the worst way possible, in hindsight. But I mean well. When she runs into rough patches in life, I tell her stories of the brave ones I have met along the way. Yours will be a story that stays with me always.

Evil Stepmonster said...

They have every reason to be proud of you. I am proud of you too. Your strength and honesty is inspiring.

Lorraine said...

Sounds like some good parents you've got there. I find that even when my parents are trying to be kind and supportive it's always a bit awkward - maybe it's easier to see when someone else's parents are being lovely?

Lisa said...

Oh Lorraine, I know my parents are lovely. I didn't find my mom awkward or think it was the wrong thing to say. The "weirdness" was my own in-the-moment internal reaction to associating pride with pain.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, we're usually proud of achieving a goal after lots of hard work. I can see why it was weird to think of a painful process, over which you had little if any control, would be a source of pride.

Life's got those tripping moments. Here's to a respite of mundane normalcy.

Love,

Elizabeth

Arpee said...

Hi, Just catching up after being gone for a long time...

Anyhow, we do wear a badge of some sorts that shows that we have been battle-tested. I'm glad that your mom understands and appreciates this.