Once, when I was only about 12-years-old, I got it into my head that I should rearrange my bedroom furniture. I was able to move most of the smaller items without any trouble, but when it came to the bed, I was stuck. I walked around it a few times and finally came to the conclusion that if I put my back against the wall and my feet against the bed, I could shove it into motion.
What I didn’t know was that the spot I was putting my back into was the exact spot where the bathroom next to my room had a leaky sink, effectively weakening the wall. So when I pushed with all my 12-year-old might, instead of the bed moving outward, I went backwards, making a neat pre-teen shaped hole in my bedroom wall.
That’s kind of what this week has felt like, falling unexpectedly backwards when you swore things were instead to move ahead.
Every aspect of my life has had issues recently: home, work, family. My marriage is still awesome and for that I am eternally grateful. But talking with my cousin who has just reached the end of a very complicated divorce, I heard him telling us about some of the issues in his marriage that exist within my own. That night I lay rolled up in Mark's arms and told him that I was very afraid. We talked about marriage counseling, mostly as a way to check in after 10 years of patterns that are, admittedly, very set. Part of me feels like that would be an expense and commitment of time that I don't really have available to me right now... and yet, I'd do anything to keep this marriage healthy. Through the grief of my Grandfather's death to the troubles at work and the issues we've had with our home, I have always had this man by my side. He makes anything bearable.
And so I wonder what step(s) will get my out of the hole in the wall.
I wonder what will help me find my way forward, after all this flailing about unexpectedly.
Here's what I wonder from the people living inside my computer:
Have you ever been to marriage counseling?
Is it necessary when the marriage is strong?
What about when the marriage is strong but you see potential future disaster (think of that leaky faucet that weakened the wall next to my bedroom)?
What about when you worry that the problems are all yours?
You're welcome to leave your responses Anon, if you'd like. Or email me, that works too. Or simply think about it for yourself and wonder and discuss with others, but not with me. I'm OK with anything, really.
I do know this: the scariest of things are more manageable with a plan. And damn if I don't feel like I need one right now.