"Clear eyes, full heart, can't lose."
-Friday Night Lights
"Sunday Brunch with my Girl"
Allen Street Grill
State College, Pennsylvania
Yep, Thing #3 and I have been known to have a rather contentious relationship on occasion. Those "occasions" escalated in frequency during those high school years. One desires closeness, the other yearns distance. Pushing and pulling. It's a recipe for tension and clouding one's view of the other. The Better Half often found himself Switzerland, translator, negotiator, peacemaker, border patrol, and always frustrated. When you are far sighted, it's hard to put things into perspective because sometimes you are just too darn close to the subject.
But a funny thing happened since Thing #3 has taken up residence 3 hours away, in her dorm and new life. Perspective and a clearer focus. It's what happens when you are far sighted and you are given some distance. The Better Half pointed out the other day "You DO realize that our daughter always talks to YOU now...all those texts and late night phone calls....I get NADA!". Me thinks Switzerland is feeling a bit lost and in need of a new job description. Believe me, I can relate to his feelings of abandonment. Been there, done that, got the frown lines to prove it.
Yes, we had a pretty great few days with a clearer focus while hanging together. I really like this girl. I've always loved her. And I'm sure she always loved me. Mom truth...that doesn't mean we've always liked each other. But with some distance and independence from each other, we now both act and react quite differently. She is learning lessons both in and out of the classroom. Many of the same lessons I learned walking that same campus. So many times I have wanted to say "I told you so!" Funny how a clearer focus has also given my mouth better judgement by muzzling it. I listen, I nod my head, and I utter those words inside that gleeful head of mine. But truth is, she is waaaay smarter than I was at her age. Truth is, she is waaaaay more responsible than I was too. So I REALLY need to relish those mental "I told you so's" because that's all I got on her! On the flip side I'm pretty sure Thing #3 sees that I DO know a few things about life afterall, that I AM always there for her, and that not only do I love her but I LIKE her...yes Norma Rae...I really, really LIKE her.
Yep, we can see clearly now. Distance is our friend. Personally, I am really likin' the view. Clear eyes sure gives me a full heart. Most certainly there are worse things in life than suffering from far-sightedness. Yep...I'm talking about READING GLASSES!
Here's where I "link up" today