AUTHOR: Marty, a.k.a. canape TITLE: Restoration DATE: 8/13/2008 09:29:00 AM ----- BODY:
Being my own therapist for now, I'm focusing on the positive today. The people who have put a little bandaid on a wound, held a hand, passed over a tissue, or have just given me a little time.

I started thinking about this while I was marathon rocking Christopher yesterday. There are so many more people who have made me feel good about myself this past week than who haven't. I wonder why I'm focusing on the the negative?

Because I let myself.

Lunch at Bach's house. Christopher and I had a wonderful lunch with Bach who has "graduated" from piano lessons. We get to just be friends now, and I'm looking forward to Christopher getting to know his Aunt Bach.

Meeting Susie at the Museum of Life and Science. A real life blogger! Right here near me! I was so excited to get to spend the morning with her and Logan. It was so comfortable. I finally got to see the butterfly house, and Christopher was fascinated with them as they flew by. We braved the heat and humidity to go see the bears and the wolves. The boys took a break to nurse by the wolves, and then we headed inside for some good ole air conditioning. It was like spending the morning with an old friend, only we had just met. I'm hoping to see them again soon.

Another lunch date with Boo. I missed her birthday, like I do every year, but a belated lunch is better than no lunch at all I suppose. Christopher sat in his highchair like a big boy and behaved in a swanky little bistro that I was surprised had a high chair in the first place.

A phone call with Girl. There are some people who can just heal your soul just by having a normal everyday conversation. Girl is one of those people. It doesn't matter if we are deep in my thick emotional baggage or just talking about Joann's, it's another patch in the quilt of friendship that I can curl up with when I'm feeling badly.

Papa stopping by. He has been a frequent visitor the past couple of weeks, and I really like it. I don't usually know he's coming, and in the past, that would have unnerved me a little. But now? I like the company, and I love how much Christopher loves to see him. Grandparents are so important. I'm lucky that he has a Papa so close by.

A new CD. The Dude has a new CD coming out, and he brought by a burned copy of the finished product. He does most all of his own recording using some really nice computer equipment, but I get to do backing vocals. I love doing backing vocals. It's my favorite place to be onstage - singing behind someone, making harmony. I love it. Anyway, the new CD is really good, and it makes me feel really good that he uses my voice when he could easily just record his own backing vocals.

A visit to Winston-Salem. An old friend is living there for a few years while her husband does some post doc work. We have gotten to see each other a few times, always with her doing most of the driving. So Monday, Christopher and I packed up and drove over to Winston to have lunch at her house. There is nothing like being at home with an old friend. The Gail Pittman pottery, the familiar blue and yellow, the beautiful antiques, and the lunch that she was inspired to make because of the baby shower her mother had thrown that weekend back home. There is nothing like poppyseed chicken to make you feel like you are back in Jackson. It was so good to see her, meet her dogs, and just spend some time together.

So there are things. And people. And events. There are reasons for me to feel good.

I just need to remember and acknowledge them.

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----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Becki DATE:Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 11:16:00 AM EDT Great reasons :) So glad you're feeling better! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Rosie : ) DATE:Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 7:10:00 PM EDT Keep the chin up and the smile on. :)

Seems like you had a wonderful time! Negatives tend to overshadow the positives when the mood is sour.

Trying to focus on the postitive can only make you happier...who can resist a baby's smile? A friend's visit? A perfect phone call?

Good job. :) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous @sweetbabboo DATE:Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 8:00:00 PM EDT Good for you to focus on the positive. Maybe I should try it... ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Magpie DATE:Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 10:05:00 PM EDT Those are good things to hold onto.

I always wanted to be a doowop girl, you know, singing backup... ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Susie DATE:Thursday, August 14, 2008 at 9:33:00 AM EDT A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a "list of the positives post as well." I didn't mean for it to be that way - I was going to focus on the what was wrong and it just happened to turn my day around to stick with the positive list.
You described our trip to MLS the same way I did to my husband - Natural. I too felt like I was in the company of an old friend - no need to pretend or impress, just be myself. Thanks again for a great morning. Perhaps I'll write about it over at Triangle Mama's? ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Bubblewench DATE:Friday, August 15, 2008 at 10:03:00 AM EDT Sounds like a good idea! Keep it going... ----- --------