My family is asleep. Even as I tried to slow down my mind with silent prayer, curled up from my side of the bed, I still could not join them in dreamland.
I got up quietly so as not to wake my sleeping baby in her crib next to me. She sleeps through fire engine wails and the loudest of incessant NYC ambulance sirens but Mommy’s isolated burp, fart, or cracking of knuckle can scare her.
I came out to the living room to pump my engorged left breast so that maybe then, I can succumb to sleep.
This late hour in this quiet apartment, save for NYC street noises, with my loved ones warm in their crib, twin, and King, feels downright sacred.
Today I shared with the women of my writers’ group that for as long as I can remember, I’ve been told:
“You are SO honest.” – everyone
“Thank you for your transparency.” – church folk
“You are so weird. You crazy.” – some, including haters
“You’re out there.” – my dentist
“I’d love to have coffee with you. I just can’t believe how funny you are. I love you, bunny.” – my obstetrician
Sure, I am not defined by others’ perception of me but daggone it, if the single most “thing” I’ve been called most of my life is HONEST, and I have a deep yearning to connect with people through my writing, AND I lack fear of sharing my struggles and weaknesses, then I’m going to write MORE instead of less, even though my family life is the most demanding it’s ever been.
If you could see our Saturdays alone, where Kevin and I have to text non-stop to coordinate the shuffling of one, two, or three offspring to various scenarios, passing the Lead Parent baton back and forth, TAG, you’re it for now, you might wonder why I’d bother to even waste my time and energy on writing on this little blog.
And that’s just it. Some yearnings may not be paycheck producing or otherwise “practical” yet the embers remain. In fact, I really wanted to name our baby girl “Ember” as she, too, was a glowy ember that remained, a yearning I could not stomp out. And thank the Lord Almighty I never could stomp out that impractical yearning.
So, you’ll be hearing more from me, whether anyone reads this or not. I think I can go to sleep now. Thank you, insomnia.