I know, it's probably nauseating to hear. (Who wants to read about someone being HAPPY, for God's sake?) But when I think about how I was feeling and looking at life just a few years ago, and also, the terminal state of angst that I've been chronicling for well over two years, it's just nice to have finally reached an oasis where I can finally look back and say, "You know what? It was worth it."
And best of all, not to have lost as much as I feared in the process. I still have a relatively happy, healthy relationship with my kids. In fact, in some ways, its even better than it ever was, especially with Ashley, because I don't feel half as angry as I used to. And plus, I'm a much more responsible person, able to cook, clean, iron, and do all those things that my Nana had incorrectly programmed me to believe were things that "only" women worried about. My relationship with Josie, while not as harmonious as I thought it was at one point, is still pretty good, and that's a huge relief, especially after all the good things that she's given me through the years. And I've got someone that I really, really care about.
Last night, Corb forced me to do something that I haven't done in quite a while: go to bed before midnight. And I have to say, I feel clearer and more awake than I have in quite a while. Last night we went out to eat with his Mom and Grandmom. Tonight he's coming over for dinner with the kids. This weekend, we're going to Boston for the Ghost tour on Saturday, and then taking the kids apple picking in New Hampshire on Sunday.
Part of me waits for the next shoe to drop, and it's certain that there will be difficult times ahead, as Josie and I start to sort out the entire divorce situation. But right now, I'm just enjoying where I am right now.
PS: I'm taking the digital camera home today to take photos of my kitty, for those who have been asking!