Flowers in California

Flowers in California

Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Woman Who Goes to the Mall

It's not that I didn't earn the comment.  I did.  It's not that I hold it against my mother-in-law for making the comment.  She's allowed.  But when my mother-in-law commented, while talking about a  neighbourhood in the city which is close to a mall, that I would like it for that reason, it stung.  Is going to the mall all that people think I do in life and, worse, are they right?

I live close to a mall now and I have spent a lot of time at it.  I admit it.  I hate to think though that I have not accomplished a great deal more in my adult life.  But I don't have a lot of other claims to fame.  And despite all the wonderful ideas I come up with, if I don't carry them out, they don't make  much difference.

Spending as much time as I have with my son has been very worthwhile and I think that he has benefitted from it.  He has spent a lot of time out of the house over the past 6 years though and I have spent a lot of time doing, well, things.  I have no regrets over any time spent with friends but I do regret lost time over the last few years.  I can do more.

I want to do more than go to the mall.  I want people to know that I can do more than go to the mall.  I think it's time for us to break up.  And try to still be friends.  And with this relationship, I think that will work.


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