Abraham Lincoln said, "Whatever you are, make sure you are a good one" and in an effort to step up to the wearing of my somewhat dusty housewifely hat, I made a light lunch for my husband and I to enjoy without our children. During the course of this interlude of domestic bliss my husband looked up from his lunch and, observing my watering eyes, enquired if I had had an allergic reaction to something.
I explained that I had been choking.
However, despite sitting inches away from me across our table, he had been so lost in thought he completey missed my distress and there was a look of incredulous surprise across his face as it dawned on him he had, despite his proximaty, no recollection of what had happened to me.
Basking in the security of the past weeks "warmer glow", I decided, with some misgivings, to use the opportunity to tell him this "moment of absence" was not an isolated incident.
I was totally unprepared for what followed.
Whereas I saw my kindly and carefully voiced disclosure as a way of opening a dialogue from which we might find our way back, my husband saw it as an accusation which required defending. No amount of explaining the frequency of these "absent episodes" was not a judgement but merely an observation, would deter him from his argument. Despite the fact he had acquired, for himself, proof they were a reality, he could not accept his opinion on their frequency was simply invalid. I thought our objective should be not to query their existence, but to lovingly discuss how best for us both to live with them.
Overwhelmingly tired of the life I could see stetching ahead for me yet desperate to ensure my children do not grow up without a father, I visualised the coming years with a husband constantly in denial of all circumstances and all attributes which displeased him. I was destined be struggling silently to provide family stabilty at the cost of any personal expectations of happiness and retired to bed early with a very heavy heart.
Waking early, I crept out of bed to make a start on my plans for a future without him, only to notice his clothes on the floor discarded from the night before. They lay carefully and childishly folded in a pile which was too small for their volume and I knew this unsolicited task had been undertaken in an effort to seek my approval. With my resolve still intact, I made my way to the bedroom door imagining it to be the portal between me and the rest of my life. My husband stirred with the noise of my opening the latch the and it was then I heard his muffled words,
"Come back to bed so I can make you a cup of tea".
"Alright then", was my well practised reply,"if you are sure you don't mind"
Whatever I am, be it lover of my family, lover of my husband or just a lover of tea, I have always endeavoured, like Abraham Lincoln suggests "to be a good one". I have tried to do the right thing and in this instance I am sure of one thing and one thing only, I am definitely good at trying again and again and again.