Who do you call when you just need to talk,
that someone that puts down what they are doing to be there for you, when you need subtle advice and a listening ear?
I’m grappling with the start of the school year. My tender-loving, easy-going, very-pleasing six-year old is going to be starting first grade. He flows like the tides of the ocean, and oh how I love the water. He *wants* to learn. When he does learn he lights up. He lights up like no other. Sometimes it is getting him to that point where he has learned though that can be a challenge, for a mom or a teacher.
So last night when I was talking to another mom at my older son’s Open House I found out her now third grader /had/ *C*’s teacher back in first grade … and she is a challenge for a child that doesn’t follow the letter of the law. Quite honestly she would have been perfect for my now third grader, *E*; my rule follower, my line keeper, my eye on the prize boy. So what do I do? I can’t even begin to process this conversation I just had; wanting the very best for *C* after a rough year of kindergarten. My heart, my hope, my prayers felt as if they were going out with the tide.
My husband is an action guy. He gets a tad frustrated when I lay down my problems on him, he offers solutions, and then I don’t act on aforementioned solutions. You know that feeling of just wanting to talk? After ten-years of marriage and wanting ten more and then ten more and ten more I know better then to expect him to /just listen/. It is not in his skill set.
So who did I call on last night? My mom. It is wonderful to have someone in my corner, someone with a similar personality. No we aren’t the same. We still get each other very frustrated at times. However, when it comes to listening she is a whole lot of good for me! She listened. I cried. She listened some more and then she knew. She knew when to interject advice. Great advice at that. She is the world’s best listener if there was a prize to be given.
Friends. Moms. Sisters. Dads. Brothers. Spouses.
Who do you call on when you just need to talk?