The Wild Rumpus

Parenting and family, served with a shot of vodka

Sometimes, you just need a break

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I’ll be honest. Coming back to my blog after all this time feels a little weird. It’s kind of like running into a friend you love in the grocery store, but who you haven’t seen in ages.

It’s awkward. You’re overjoyed to see them, but you kind of don’t know what to say or where to begin. In many ways, I feel like a different person than the last time I hung with The Wild Rumpus.

Here are the major things that happened in the past year:

  1. My dad died in an extremely shocking, tragic way.
  2. My aunt died.
  3. My beautiful, sweet angel of a dog died.
  4. I gained two step-sisters.
  5. I gained a cousin.
  6. Other ongoing stresses that pertain to people close to me, which I won’t share because it’s not my place to.
  7. I was home with my kids all summer, which, at their ages, is like being on “Survivor” without the million dollar prize at the end.
  8. As a result of all that, I stopped writing this blog.

It’s true that writing is therapeutic, and helps bring about a sense of peace. But when it comes to things that a) rip out my heart; b) are super personal; or c) require a lot of deep emotion to process, I can’t write about them for public consumption. I just can’t. It’s too raw. As a reader, those are often the most moving things to read. But as a writer, I struggle to open up my innermost self and thoughts and emotions and pour them out where someone — anyone — can see them.

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So with the limited amount of writing time I had, I went underground, trying to process feelings in a journal. It has been period of soul-searching and growth, for sure.

But the good news is that it has been about a year since all this upheaval began. And some of it — like gaining new family members I’ve never been in contact with — has been pretty amazing. I mean, dude. At 43, I have sisters now. Me! The only child! And that, I will write about at some point.

Happily,Β  I’m starting to come out on the other side of it. And I’m ready to embrace my blog again, to write about things that are silly, happy, funny and ridiculous. The Wild Rumpus is my little slice of the world that brings joy and a different kind of therapy.

After all, the world is still a hilarious and incredible place. My kids are still arguing over who gets to use the toothpaste first and ruining all my favorite songs by playing 150 times in a row. And my love for coffee and wine as primary parenting tools remains unchanged.

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Mommy’s little helper.

It’s time to start sharing laughter and love again. In public. With you, if you care to read it.

Hope to see you soon.

xoxo

 

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9 comments on “Sometimes, you just need a break

  1. Daina Brower
    September 8, 2016

    That was beautiful and heart wrenching to read, Maisy. I’m sorry for all that you have lost and been through. And I thank you for sharing. Love, hugs and prayers to you. Looking forward to reading about your slice of life. Love, Daina

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    • Maisy Fernandez
      September 8, 2016

      Thank you, Daina! Appreciate your support in life, and on this blog. You’re the sweetest. xoxo

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    • jasoncrowley2169
      September 14, 2016

      Hey DSP.. funny seeing you here : {see anachronism}.

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      • Maisy Fernandez
        September 14, 2016

        I accidentally deleted your other comment, Jason! Not enough coffee. πŸ™‚
        So good to see your face and hear from you. Thanks for reading and commenting.
        And yes, you are the expert sister inheritor. πŸ˜‰ How are you doing?!

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      • jasoncrowley2169
        September 14, 2016

        It was a good read. I used to read things of yours when you were more actively writing for the paper. πŸ™‚

        I’m… great, tired, concerned, motivated, lazy, up, down, and constantly moving.
        Not nearly enough room in a threaded comment engine to explain 25 years; however, I’ll find an appropriate forum to catch up on some of the crazier things you’ll ever hear. I am fantastic though in all seriousness.

        10:12 pm and still packing for a flight to Yogyakarta tomorrow. That the “lazy” part from above πŸ˜‰

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  2. clarasmom
    September 8, 2016

    xoxo glad to see you writing again!

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    • Maisy Fernandez
      September 8, 2016

      Thanks for visiting! I need an outlet. Besides the wine and coffee, of course.

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  3. Lutheranliar
    September 9, 2016

    Wow. What a year you’ve had. And to think the only reason I ever consider stopping my blog is that I feel depressed when I look at my stats (!)

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    • Maisy Fernandez
      September 9, 2016

      Thanks for stopping by! Now that I’m back in, I hope I can be as good at keeping up with mine as you are. πŸ™‚

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