What Love Looks Like

October 31, 2007 at 7:08 pm 16 comments

An autumn day too warm for kids to be inside, too windy to take daughter’s fractious baby, awash in earache and teething pain, outside.  No help to split the troops.  I’d given up trying to keep my hair tucked into its tidy braid and wisps were stuck to my cheek with sweat and  baby snot.  Bored with inside activities, the oldest grandgirls were stalking the four year old like feral cats, teasing her into the high pitched screams that would leave my middle aged ears ringing once they’d all gone home.  By 5:00 we were all crying.  The baby from my shoulder, the four year old from the time out chair and the two big ones from the dining room corners.  That’s when he came home. 

He’d been on the road since four that morning.  A one hour comute each way, ten hours on his feet and a stop by the bedside of his dieing father before he ever made it back home.  I could see he was tired.  But he still hung his coat in the closet instead of throwing it over the back of a chair. 

“Looks like you’ve had a hard day.”  He said before sending the big girls off to join the neighbor who was walking his dog and plucked the baby off my shoulder.  “Why don’t you go take a bath? She can cry on me for awhile.” 

I will never know where he went for those five days last March that fractured our marriage.  I won’t ever understand why he let his depression take such hold of him when help was available.  But I don’t really care any more.  We lost our house, but we found something more important in each other than the material things we’d collected over 26 years. 

“Mamma Bear?”  He whispered as I started down the hall to the tub.  “You’re beautiful.”  I’m not, but I’m glad he still thinks so.

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16 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Delmonti (Dave)  |  October 31, 2007 at 7:28 pm

    Oh my! I’m the first to comment!!!! Do I get a prise?

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  • 2. Delmonti (Dave)  |  October 31, 2007 at 7:30 pm

    sorry, got carried away, ment to say….

    Prize….

    See in all the excitment I fumbled on the keyboard and ended up looking like a twit.

    Good to see ya back, and with a great post. It had been awhile and I was getting worried!

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  • 3. stacy  |  October 31, 2007 at 7:53 pm

    Those peeks of what made us love them in the first place sure help get us through the rough patches. I’m glad you and Pap have found the important stuff.

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  • 4. katcampbell  |  October 31, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    Dave – Dorks and twits all welcome here! I’ve been away enlessly sewing halloween costumes…thanks for thinking of me while I was away.

    Stacy – Thanks.

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  • 5. Quilly  |  October 31, 2007 at 9:47 pm

    Kat — it’s nice to see you back in a good place.

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  • 6. katherine.  |  October 31, 2007 at 10:09 pm

    warmed my heart.

    I posted the other day about sewing costumes…and then called my daughter and made her promise I could sew them for the grandkids when they came along….smile…

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  • 7. Jamaican Dawta  |  October 31, 2007 at 10:19 pm

    Missed you, Kat. So glad to have you back. BTW, does this mean what I think it’s saying? Hope I’m not prying. But I’m breathless with anticipation.

    Beautiful writing. The romantic in me loves this kind of real-life love story.

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  • 8. guyana-gyal  |  October 31, 2007 at 11:05 pm

    I hope it all goes well for you and Pap, Kat. 26 years of love is worth a LOT!

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  • 9. John Linna  |  October 31, 2007 at 11:30 pm

    Wow! That was one nice entry. It sounds like things are a bit better.

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  • 10. Nessa  |  November 1, 2007 at 1:37 am

    You made me cry, that was so sweet.

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  • 11. lauraj  |  November 1, 2007 at 1:51 am

    oh my goodnesss i want to cry!! but I cant or i will ruin my princess (fairy god mother) make-up!! that is beautiful! I want some to tell me I’m beautiful someday!! oh how i long for love.

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  • 12. Jon M  |  November 1, 2007 at 2:42 am

    Really moving post Kat. Can’t really expand on that!

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  • 13. Absolute Vanilla... (& Atyllah)  |  November 1, 2007 at 1:28 pm

    What a beautiful post, brought tears to my eyes. I’m glad to see you back in blogosphere – you were missed.

    Reply
  • 14. katcampbell  |  November 1, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    Thank you, everyone, for letting me share my life with you. I have missed my friends here in blog land. If somebody would just give me three more hours a day…I’d have everything.

    Reply
  • 15. Shameless  |  November 2, 2007 at 2:12 am

    Lovely, touching post, Kat. Thanks for sharing that moment.

    Reply
  • 16. hayden  |  November 5, 2007 at 1:21 am

    an amazing post, beautiful writing to honor a beautiful event. my heart is full.

    Reply

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