*** My thanks go out to Brenda, Joyce and Beth because in reading their posts on this topic, they invited this one!!
I was a little girl, I lived in a closet for months and no one seemed
to mind. I was the 5th of 6 children, so space of my own was hard to
come by. I shared a room with my sister, Nancy, on the 3rd floor of our
house that had a large closet built into the eaves. It was large
enough to hold my twin bed and I could sleep looking out.
not sure if I wanted to live in there because it it was my own place,
or if it is my nature to seek time alone. I was born in June, a Cancer -
sign of the crab. The crab retreats inside itself when threatened, and
will only come out when it is ready. I embody this trait. Being alone though,
I never feel lonely as I can entertain myself quite well with books,
music, and my own imagination. I have created a safe haven inside
myself, which I believe we all need to do to get through our days whole.
is not to say that I don’t share that inner world with my family, my
friends, my man. I do, but I have more of myself to share when I can
pull back within and feel right with the world when I have need. It has
taught me to hear my inner voice, to open to all my
senses, and to form my beliefs about this life I am in.
That time to just be who you are is something that I tried to give to my children. My two girls, grown
now, are very creative, and my proudest moments as a parent have been watching
them march to the beat of their own drum. My 8-year-old son shows me
that need for his own space too - he begs me for boxes to build his own
Iron Man suit, a time machine, a laboratory, and most recently, a
dinosaur costume. We currently have a T. Rex domicile in the playroom.
He loves his time alone to grow and explore his reach, but he often
invites me along to the late Cretaceous, and I am glad to go there with