The fairy child, is the changeling, the one who grew up with the humans.
I am the human child taken to live with the fairies. Or, I have a secret wish that that is what happened.
She told me when we met that she was not a nice person and said it more than once. When would I just take someone at their word??? Really believe what they say? Instead, I respond out loud or in my head with, No, you really are a nice person. and I know the nice will come out. What keeps me from hearing them and letting go of them?
It was a screaming text that jumped at me. It said, Who are you? Who were you? And then, You are removed from the group. I stopped text-talking to her at that point. The texting that lead to this was fast and furious, she seemed frantic. But who can tell from a text? I had angst that felt like high school, a feeling I never wanted to feel ever again. The vibration of anxious drama was too old, like a stale brioche and too familiar, like an old grimy college couch that swallows you because the cushions have lost their bounce. A lot was said but she didn’t seem to want a conversation.
Needs were spoken to the wrong person, me, a person who could not fulfill what was being asked. I did speak/text that to her, as kindly as I could. I did say what was my truth about my limitations, but it was not a wanted response.
There was a time that I fit a picture and my life looked like it was “supposed to”. I worked hard to wrap myself around what someone else wanted from me. Something just to the side of truth that put me beside my self. It made a rosy picture of okay-ness surrounded by geraniums. Things looked like they “should” and that pleased me for the moment and seemed to please others, though I don’t really Know that last part.
What is that “supposed to”? Currently, I am not married, I don’t live in an upscale neighborhood, I don’t have a station wagon or van parked in my driveway, my partner is my dog and I live in a room in a house with a family I met through an Airbnb rental. And, I am happy or better said, I am content.
If you had told me at 18 that this is where I would be at my mature age, a part of me would have been excited at the thought. Another part of me, the part that won in those days, would be terrified and would say, absolutely not!
How much fear runs us, runs us all the time? I think we become so accustomed to fear being a driving force that we barely recognize it for what it is and what power it has over us and our decisions, how we live our lives. The fear of losing something or someone, the fear of losing ourselves or the fear we have already lost our self, surfaces, and panic ensues.
Anger and fear are drivers that are too often drunk. They lead us down conversations we might wish we’d rather not had. Let me say, not always. But I can’t think of a time I chose not to speak from anger or fear and regretted it. I can think of more instance than not, that I spoke from anger or fear and definitely regretted it.
It is a time for women to be speaking up. I am a woman learning to shut up, learning to speak when necessary, and for now, life works better that way, at least in my head.
A special thanks to Kim for helping me keep my mouth shut.