A Stellar Day
March 28, 2006
Today I went to the dentist and had gum surgery.
I hate going to the dentist. I have given birth to seven children, three of them with no drugs at all. The other four I had a huge ole needle shoved into my spine, and yet the prospect of getting dental work and having a novacaine shot makes me woozy. I hate the sound and feeling of the needle going into my gums and cheek. It always feels like it is going to come right through the outside of my face.
And even though it usually doesn’t hurt, there is always the uneasy fear and apprehension that there will be pain.
I hate the sound of the drill vibrating in my head. I hate that burning smell of teeth being grinded away. I hate the water shooting into my mouth that never fails to gag me. I hate that little suction tube. And I hate how my tongue can’t behave and instead darts all over my mouth.
After the birth of my first child I had to be sewn back up like a Thanksgiving turkey, yet I don’t think I complained near as much as I am about a couple of stitches in my mouth.
I also went to visit my mother, ending the seven year estrangement and showing my masochistic tendencies by enduring both these things in one afternoon.
She was released from the psych hospital last week. She was diagnosed as bipolar and put on some appropriate medications.
It was a strange, almost like talking to a completely different person. At first I didn’t recognize this happy, laughing person as my mother.
Even more so she apologized. Not just for the other night when she said I was dead to her and disinherited, but for everything. For a life time of treating me horribly. She said that over the past week coming to the realization that she was such an awful and mean mother was almost too much for her to bear.
Hearing her feel that way was almost too much for me to bear. As much as I have told myself that I have steeled myself against anymore heartache, there it was as raw as could be. Never in my life, not once, has she apologized for anything. And as much as I hate to say it, forgiveness is not one of my strong points.
As she gave me a tour of her house, one that I have never been to, I saw evidence of her last downward spiral and noticed things that have always been, but never struck me as all that odd. Like the fact that she literally has about 100 bath towels. All white. All folded the exact same way. All stacked neatly in her linen closet.
The sheets for beds that are still wrapped in their plastic packages. So many that she could never use them all during the rest of her lifetime. And it’s the same with bottles of perfume, car wax, shampoo, aspirin, etc. If the bird flu ever comes here me and all my kids could go live with them in their tiny condo and live off of their supplies for the rest of our natural lives. And it is all so anally organized.
Then there were the notes she wrote to herself and left all over the house. Notes saying that she was going to die soon and to whom the item should go. My step sister’s son was going to get an unfinished floral painting that she wrote ‘I love you, I am dead’ all over. Now that’s a family keepsake if ever there were one.
There wasn’t anything with my name on it, perhaps I am getting 50 bottles of Jean Nate body spray and a gross of Alpha Keri hand lotion that were in the back of the linen closet.
Overall, the visit was pleasant. I practiced biting my tongue. And it was a good thing that it was still numb when the topics of homeschooling, breastfeeding, politics, and novels written by Danielle Steele came up.
As I sat at her kitchen table, the same one I sat at years ago, I realized that relationships are a two way street. I am responsible for my side of the relationship and I need to just let go of the past. Let go of my anger. Let go of my pain. Let go of any expectations. Let go and just be.
And realize that even though it doesn’t hurt right now, there will always be the uneasy fear and apprehension of pain.
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