Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Legally Blonde and the Seven Stages of Grief



I've been watching too much TV. I seem incapable of doing much. Not only has my marriage ended, but my job has ended and I am going back to school and trying to figure out how on earth I will support my girls and myself while attempting to pursue a new life. I'm either highly over-qualified or under-qualified for any job that would work with school. I have been working out - so that's a plus - but I can't seem to do much beyond that. I had these fabulous "reorganize the house" plans that have merely limped along.


I realized that I had gone completely nuts when I started being inspired by Elle Woods in Legally Blonde and Queen Latifah in Last Holiday. I had been sucked into the 2 star movie dark side. Pretty soon I will be practicing the bend and snap. Step away from the remote.


On that note, earlier this week, while at the pediatrician with Kristen, I suddenly burst into tears. Okay - maybe not all that suddenly - but I had absolutely no control over the tears. Biting my cheek, clenching my fists, looking at the ceiling....zero luck. The doctor was asking Kristen how she's coping with the divorce. She said, "Things are better. There's no tension at home anymore." And waterworks commence. I felt awful that she and her sister have had to go through so much and I just started to cry. What a lovely moment for Kristen.


I realized that I needed to do a little reading, a little research, if you will, on going nuts through divorce. Maybe, just maybe, Elle Woods won't have all the answers. So, I googled "stages of grief divorce." 270,000 results popped up. I picked the one that started with "Learn how to heal..." I clicked and began to read. (It's on helpguide.org.)



  1. Shock or disbelief. (Been there done that.)

  2. Denial (If I change what I want.....did that 18 months ago.)

  3. Anger (Brief moments but more sadness, really)

  4. Bargaining (I may have skipped this one.....maybe I took care of it with number 2.)

  5. Guilt (Definitely been going through this one....especially when it comes to the kids.)

  6. Depression (Welcome to my home.)

  7. Acceptance and Hope (I'm sorry what....there's hope?)

One of the first things to stand out was "Realize that it's okay to have different feelings." (I don't think they meant feeling like all chick flicks are speaking directly to you.) "It's normal to feel sad, angry, exhausted, frustrated and confused. (check, check, check, check and check.) "You may feel anxious about the future. (Giant check.) "Give yourself permission to function at a less than optimal level for a time." (HOORAY! I have permission!) "Treat yourself like you have the flu." (Does this mean I can lay in bed and have people bring me soup?) "Try not to make any major decisions or changes for awhile." (Oops.) "Don't fight your feelings." (Aha.)


So I have decided to not fight my feelings. If I have plans with you think how exciting this will be! Will she be fun and happy and then completely dissolve? Will she be lackluster and tired, followed my maniacal laughter? Who knows! You just get to sit back and watch the healing. The idea is that if I allow myself to feel and deal with this bombardment of feelings, I may be able to move on and reach that Utopian seventh stage of acceptance and....drum roll please, even hope. If that doesn't work I can always look for words of wisdom from Legally Blonde 2.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Miscellany

1. The Jehovah's Witness missionaries now bring their doe-eyed toddlers to your door. Very clever.

2. On the same day I received the following feedback regarding my return to school: "You are going to love it. It may take you a few weeks to get back into the swing of things - but you will do so well!" "It is going to be the hardest thing you've ever done. Be prepared to talk yourself out of a failing grade. Find a study partner that can carry you through."

3. It's hard to be so "get over-able."

4. Found out I still need another textbook.....grand total now $500. WHAT?!

5. Loved seeing my daughter's cell phone wallpaper was a photo of a sign reading "stay on the path."

6. I have become a huge fan of dry spice rubs. Fish, chicken, beef - Watch out!

7. I have fabulous friends and family.

8. In trying to spread the word about my voice over acting I've done a better job of selling the career, rather than myself. oops.

9. Found out my church library partner won $23,000 and a TV on the Price is Right 10 years ago.

10. I've been trying to decide if I should paint my front door red or black. I went to a scrapbook store and purchased several sheets of paper closest to the colors I was favoring. I taped 6 of the same color sheets on the door.....my daughter then went on to tell me that she liked the color on the far left better than the others. She wouldn't believe they were all the same color.