Wednesday, June 20, 2007

A week with two lovely ladies

I picked up my daughters after I got off work tonight. They will be staying with me for a week. I am very excited. We're going to do an overnight camping trip this weekend, but other than that, we have no big plans. I just look forward to hanging out with them and enjoying their company.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Truth vs. Fact

I wrote "Promise" a few months ago. After I shared it with my mom, we ended up having a long talk about it. She admitted that part of it made her upset. She felt that I was misrepresenting her and not being completely honest. The section in question is when I talk about getting "kicked out" when I was 17. In her view that is not how it happened. She saw it as giving me a choice. I made the choice to leave so I was not actually "kicked out."

This led to a good discussion about how people can perceive the same situation differently, or truth versus fact. Whatever the facts of the situation were, the truth is that I felt like my mom was kicking me out of the house. That was a big part of the reason such a rift developed between my mom and I. We have since healed that and I couldn't ask for a better relationship with my mother. We are very close now.

Anyway, the sometimes clashing ideas of truth and fact can be tricky to navigate. Sometimes, in the tricky world of human interaction, facts aren't as important as truth. Sometimes we have to ignore the facts of the situation and get to the truth, the feelings, the emotions before we can overcome a problem and find peace.

Monday, June 18, 2007

A hectic week

I've been wanting to get on and post lately, but it has been very hectic around my house lately. I'm sure that makes it seem strange then that I have started another blog. This one is not just for me, though. My good friend, Jeromy, had a good suggestion in his reply to "Family's Important, But...II, Me" and I have decided to implement it.

The Noble Castle is a shared blog with my mother and siblings (well, as long as they accept the invitation, anyway). It will be a place for us to share our thoughts and feelings with each other and hopefully become closer. I think it is a shame that we have drifted apart as we have and I want to fix that.

I would like to have my father participate, as well. Unfortunately, he really doesn't want much to do with computers. He is also not good when it comes to emotion. He is very weak when it comes to tough emotional situations and finds it easier to avoid them. It's too bad, because two of my sisters, especially, could really benefit from a serious conversation with him. I don't know if it will ever happen.

Anyway, I look forward to the possibilities found in The Noble Castle.

UPDATE: I fixed the link to the new blog.