I'm in a very bad mood. And a lot of people are coming over today. People from the home schooling group. People I am getting to know, not because I am hunting for friends, but because I am trying like fuck to have my kids grow up in a community of people. I can't be a problem person or people won't come over.
It doesn't fucking matter how I feel or what is going on in my head. No one here is to blame and I may not vent my spleen at little kids. Or the parents of little kids. I have to smile. I have to be polite. I have to look relaxed. If you checked my pulse you would get a different story.
It depends on how much pressure I feel to behave around a specific group of people. Sometimes I consciously decide I don't give a fuck if these people like me I am under stress and I don't have the extra spoons to hide it.
I can't do that today. I am in a very bad mood. I think that after the people go home and Noah gets home from work I am going to spend a lot of time crying. This is going to be pretty bad.
I did EMDR on Tuesday (err, obviously with a trained professional). I still can't figure out what that means or how that works. But I am having a lot of turmoil. I am very edgy and angry. I feel like I always misunderstand trauma. I always get upset by the wrong thing.
I don't feel all that traumatized by the dog bite. I have gone on to have cautiously good relationships with other pit bulls. I'm not much of a dog person but that's ok. The settlement for that injury made my entire adulthood possible. I just... yeah. I don't actually feel traumatized by the dog bite. I feel pragmatically grateful for the lesson in the school of hard knocks.
I feel extremely traumatized by the fact that my mother set a mirror in front of me and told me to look at how disgusting I was. I had to stare at myself so I would learn a lesson. I would never put my face in another dogs face. Actually, I have. More than once. Even with pit bulls. Guess it didn't work.
But I still think I am disgusting.
I am very careful what I say to my children. I have to be. The inside voices I hear are so fucking mean. I want to be so nasty all the time. That is what I hear. That is what I am already arguing with in my head.
I have to be good today. I have to be good today. I have to be good today. I have to be good today. I have to be good today. I'm not even hitting cut'n'paste. I have to be good today. If you want to learn something you have to use repetition. I have to be good today. I have to be good today. I have to be good today.
My problems are my problem. I have to be good today. I should probably stop writing and start working. I can't let the tears start until tonight. I should probably have some caffeine. That will make the suppression easier. And it will make me feel more frantic about having the house ready for people to come over in less than seven hours.
I didn't do anything yesterday after swimming. I sat on the couch. I let the kids have the iPad and I napped. They like sitting on me while they watch so I feel pretty confident that I'll notice if they take off.
So the house isn't as clean as usual. I haven't gotten to cleaning at all this week. That's part of the exhaustion.
My body is telling me to slow down. My body doesn't understand that I don't really care that it is tired. I want this in my life too much. I am not going to be the flakey asshole. I will motherfucking perform. Does it matter? No. Only if I start pulling away now just a little (flaking on hosting the cookie exchange would be pretty nasty--it's not like I'm sick) then I will feel ashamed and not come back. This isn't a big deal but it is my task of the day. I do need to do it. That is what being functional means.
I have to be good today. I will be good today. That's probably better. I will be good today. I will be friendly and polite. I will seem upbeat and cheerful. I can say that my twitching is because of caffeine. They don't need to know who is screaming at me in my head.
I'm starting to realize that a number of them are in the same boat. It kind of sucks but it is comforting. Maybe I will get friends after all. But they will be real friends online and I will be a good girl in public.
I will be. I need my kids to have a community. I can't get us kicked out. I can't pull away because I'm having feelings. That's not fair. It's just not.
My kids deserve better than that.
Put your big girl panties on. Have some tea. A lot of tea. I hear they built the British Empire on the shit. It's got to have some merit.