The street where I live...

The street where I live...

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Empty of Beans

I once spotted a friend of mine flaked out on her front lawn while her toddler daughter buzzed around her like a little demonic maniac.  "How's the kid?" I called over to her.  "Full of beans" my friend answered.  "How are you?" I asked.  "Empty of beans" she said.

J. and I have had one helluva year.  We have been holding it together, but it has been a freaking marathon.

J.'s job is so involved he generally puts in a 60 hour minimum work week.  We bought our first home.  Our car started on fire.  Our kids went from two years old to three years old.  I was in three shows this past summer.  J's mother came to live with us (and she is quite a handful.)  We have worked continuously on contracts over and above our full time work and child and elder care obligations.

And now, we are empty of beans.  No beans.  We're beanless.

A week ago I drove for 10 hours to the ferry, and then took an hour and a half ferry trip, and then drove another 45 minutes to my parents' apartment.  J. drove in tandem -me in our car while he drove a work vehicle. This is the first time I have left our Town (save s few short trips to the very nearby bigger towns) since October.

My parents' live in our old hometown - one of the most beautiful places in the world.  We needed to be here for a work gig (auditioning actors for a contract we artistically direct).  James had a few other meetings to attend, so we decided that once he'd finished with his road trip work he should head back home; but I wanted me and the girls to stay on with my parents for a while.

My parents (and my sister, who came over for a few days as well) have known for a while that my bean count was dangerously low.  And they have decided to spoil me.  It has been so, so perfect and so appreciated.  I have been fed, taken shopping, told to go BY MYSELF down for a swim and sauna, we have gone for walks on the beach.  The girls and I are in pampered heaven.  This is exactly what I needed.

I don't think I quite knew how empty of beans I was until I got here.  And now I am starting to feel recharged and rested.  I don't think I've been able to apply those words to myself for over three years.

I love my tiny Town, but being back here reminds me all too acutely that it takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a really big village to raise twins, and there is no greater village than the one that includes a Grammy, a Grampa and an Auntie.

I have beans again.  I'm not full of them yet, but a few beans should get me through the next stretch of this working parent marathon.

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