I have made it a point to start calling (or seeing) people who I sent that email to. I want to let them know that our life is going on, we're still here, we'll do our best to not show "the crazy" that sometimes still ghosts our moods. We don't want to push anyone away during this time, but we do still want to have the benefit of support without questions. I know it's a lot, but I think it's reasonable to ask in this situation. Does that make sense to anyone else???
So, the other elephant in the room is that we have not been going to church regularly. Now, to really understand how big a deal that is, you have to remember that we live in North Carolina - part of the Bible belt, the state where a woman was convicted of adultery (recently) after luring some other woman's husband into an affair - and given a sentence, and where going to eat after church on Sunday is a MAJOR deal. When you go from being the one who plans the lunch to the one who is never at the lunch, people notice. Plus, Harris and I have run various programs in our church(es) since we were teens.
At the moment though, I don't feel like I could sit in a church service without exploding. Harris and I breached the topic tonight for the first time in a slightly awkward conversation over dinner (where we, of course, saw people from church). I told him that a friend (who goes to our church) had invited us to come to church with them "if we weren't going anywhere else" yet. Hmmm...we were invited to attend our own church. O-kay.
Neither Harris or I are really at a place where we feel like sitting in church and worshiping God right now, if I'm totally and brutally honest. Living in the Bible belt, having been raised Southern Baptist, and believing that you can be smote or struck by lightning...that's not easy to admit. Saying that goes against everything I was raised to say/think/believe/do. But, frankly, I'm kind of pissed off at God at the moment and am questioning the choices made in the master plan. Yes, I believe there's a "Master's Plan" and that there's reason for everything. However, at this moment in time and space, I don't get it and don't like it. There's palpable tension in the conversations between me and God at the moment. Harris was wonderful during this conversation and simply said, "That's okay. The Bible is filled with people who cried out and got angry with God." Translated, that means that he's cool and feeling kind of the same way. I love my husband.
So, we are going to continue dealing with the elephants in the room. I know that reaching out to friends and family will help with the first one. As for the second elephant, that one may be a bit more of a problem. I know that eventually we'll work out the situation. But for now, maybe the fact that I'm still on speaking terms with God is going to have to be enough.