Happy Five Minute Friday! Five minutes of pure, unedited, writing for writing's sake without worrying if it's just right. Topic's courtesy of Gypsy Mama.
I knew this day was coming. And we are going on vacation for a week together, so I am trying with all my might to not think about the goodbye part, and about how much that is going to suck.
I'm trying to fill up with nothing more than the joy of my family and her family together. Of our kids spending endless hours running around, chasing each other, getting into trouble together.
Trying to be full, but knowing the emptiness will come.
The emptiness comes, but we still have to fill ourselves, even though it won't last forever.
We must take the moments that fill us up. Use them to make it through until the next time.
It's the same when my husband has to travel for work. This summer, he's been gone during the week and home on the weekend. And every Friday when he comes home I'm tempted to think about the time he'll be gone again, about the emptiness I'll feel.
But I push it down, willing myself to allowed to be filled with love. With friendship. With togetherness. Because it's the filling that keeps me going through the emptiness.
It's worth it. Oh yes, every single time. Worth the goodbye at the end, [for the moments of fullness in between].
How do you fill up? What keeps you full? Where does the fullness come from?
Be sure to click over to Gypsy Mama to read Lisa Jo's painful and beautiful writing about being full, and visit some of the other links as well. There are 74 (!) entries before mine, and I'm sure more will follow me.