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.