Today’s writing prompt is a bit hard for me to interpret as it is written. I’ll concentrate more on this part..”the sense of touch brings back memories for us”.
My mother wasn’t big on physical affection, almost to the point that it was something she was proud of. I think my dad was a bit more physically affectionate with us as kids, but looking back, I think since we received so little physical affection from her, getting it from my dad seemed odd. My dad dropped some sort of innuendo once during an argument with her about how cold she’d been in that regard, even with us as babies, I was never quite sure how to process it.
For me, holding a baby and kissing their heads is one of the greatest joys of life. I still try to give my kids a hug everyday…even though they think they are to big for it. I love to run my hands down my husband’s arms and feel how his arms and hands are different than mine, somehow the familiarity of this is comforting.
I have mixed feelings about touch outside of my inner circle. How I respond to touch seems something that comes from somewhere deep within myself. Many years ago, I ran into a friend. I was busy that day. She wanted to talk, and she touched my arm in the process. I think I sort of recoiled. What she wanted to talk about was her sister with cancer. What a jerk I was to have acted like that. I’ve gotten better since that day. Sometimes with hugs I get confused…does a hug transform our relationship into something it wasn’t before? Do you have to accept a hug if its offered. If someone at work comes up behind you and starts rubbing your back to you have to act thankful, disguising the awkwardness you might feel?
I’m a nurse. Sometimes a comforting touch can be a part of our toolbox in helping someone settle who is confused or scared. I’ve felt a lot of connection holding the hand of someone who is confused, just sitting there with them until their anxiety level decreased.
Well, yet another post in which I expose my odd self.
With the prompt “The Outsiders”, we are instructed to talk about a time we felt as if we are on the outside looking in, however we wish to interpret that. If I haven’t used the words “being an outsider”, I have felt that way many times during my life.
When I was a kid I was very shy. I don’t feel like I had the feeling of being an outsider though until my family moved when I was in elementary school because of my dad’s job. Starting at a new school I’d felt everyone had already formed friendships, and that there wasn’t a place for me. I did make friends, but it seemed to be more of a struggle. In my young mind the rules seemed different, and I wasn’t sure how to navigate. Understanding a math assignment…no problem. Understanding the politics of making friends in elementary school…much more mysterious.
I’ve also sometimes felt like an outsider at work. My current workplace has more cliques than any I’ve seen before. Brown-nosing and schmoozing with the boss will get you far. I’m no good at it, but at this stage of my life, I really don’t care. Make no mistake, I’m perfectly pleasant at work..but that is as far as it goes. Because I don’t get invested in the politics, I can see how sometimes the schmoozing goes a little too far and often does not end well when the boss delays taking action when one of her groupies is having problems at work.
I’m not as shy as I used to be. I am an introvert though. At this point in my life it doesn’t bother me to be an outsider.
I am supposed to start training someone at work soon. Days of training. Having someone at your side for 8 hours straight. Well he doesn’t have to be at my side for 8 hours straight. I’ll pretend to have tons of confidence in him and send him off to do tasks independently. Having to explain and make lots of conversation. Yay. He is someone I already know, moving in to a new position. Why does this task fall on me, when plenty of others could surely do it. I’m sure one of my coworkers will be upset that she doesn’t get to train this somewhat strapping young man. While he might be somewhat strapping he is also somewhat needy at the same time he thinks he knows everything.
If I had some hidden talent like quilting or writing bestsellers, now is the time I wish I would show itself. I’m not a good schmoozer and the workplace politics make me a little weary. I’d like to work away in a room without having to talk to anyone. Oh wait, if I were a writer of bestsellers, that means I’d have to book tours and deal with publishers and actually schmooze and talk to people. So much for that strategy.
I deal with people all day long at work. Sometimes that can be exhausting for a misanthrope like me.
Don’t worry, on the appointed day of training I’ll plaster a smile on my face and act like I am a cool collected font of knowledge.