So, my son grew up with a girl who lost her mama and gramma when she was a teen and she has no relationship with her dad. I adore her completely and she’s like a daughter to me. Actually, let me rephrase that: she IS a daughter to me.
Anyhoot, we were supposed to have a movie night yesterday with another one of my sweeties but storms made driving dicey and we decided to postpone. When we were messaging though, we both realized the other had a crappy day so she came over later just for a hug. As per our custom, we ended up having a good natter for at least an hour. I know…I know…it’s so hard to believe I can yack more than I intend too 🙄.
We are both single and have been feeling pretty lonely lately, and as we were talking we realized that we both have very strong needs for affection. S asked me if there was something wrong with her for wanting and needing affection so badly. I told her no because I have the exact same needs. We were both also realizing that we’re the oddballs in our families. There’s only 1 family member that S sees on a regular basis and she’s…well…pretty much a bitch to her (don’t get mad at me for saying that ma…it’s true …she’s not a sweetiepie like you! And, by the way, I think I lost that tupperware you loaned me 😲).
My family is wonderful but I’m really the only touchy-feely one in the bunch…they just aren’t huge huggers but my grandma and grandpa took care of a lot of that when I was growing up. A few years ago I finally said to ma: “Ma…I need more hugs and more affection. And if you aren’t willing to give it to me, I’m going to find another ma who will!” She replied: “Well…what the hell…even an old dog can learn new tricks.” Ma has such a great way of putting things. Even my son isn’t affectionate (outside of his girlfriend and chihuahua 😐). Here are his rules for me: I get to kiss him on top of the head for no more than 1.34 seconds, hug him for no more than 12.9 seconds, and if I touch his face because he’s just so doggone yummy to me, I get a scathing look as he jerks away as if I used a stun gun on his ass. And believe me, this is monitored.
So, here’s what I told S: I believe we all have an ‘affection reservoir’ © that’s different for everyone. Mine is as deep as the fucking ocean. The deepest part of the fucking ocean. Just sayin’. And…did you notice my copyright symbol? I think that phrase could be turned into a book. 🙂
I’ll be honest, it takes a lot to fill the damn thing up and I know that can be hard on people I have had relationships with. Hubby 3 (shutty) once said that he could never give me enough affection…I’d always want more. Ya think? Duh. It’s not like you fill up a reservoir and that’s it. The water evaporates and leaks out and then it needs to be filled up again. It’s like saying why do you need to eat everyday? You just filled up your belly yesterday. Okey dokey. Let’s see how that works for ya.
Maybe people who have puddles for reservoirs have a hard time understanding this. Sometimes I have a tough time getting it myself. I like living alone for a lot of things: eating when I want…sleeping when I want…running around in boxers and Red Sox shirts (note to S.J. – Sorry) with strawberry stains and Edward’s fur on it…my mouth not seeing lipstick for weeks…etc. But I miss the affection. I get downright lonely not having that in my life. Edward is a big cuddler…he’s the most affectionate and sweet dog I’ve ever had. (Note: Edward is part Rhodesian Ridgeback / part Coon Hound. When my son and I looked up this mix, the site literally said these dogs were dumb but sweet. That’s our Ed in a nutshell). But Edward’s cuddles aren’t the same. I love laying on him when I nap and having him doze by me when we’re watching another horror movie, but it ain’t enough.
My sis is the best grandma ever. She really is. Our grandma and grandpa (I’m referring to ma’s folks) were awesome grandparents. They only had me, sissy, and our cousin and that was it. So we all got a LOT of attention and never did they raise a voice to us, tell us anything negative, and not support us; I know my sis learned to be a grandma from them. Anyhoot, she gets her affection needs met by her grandkids. Lots of lovies and huggies. Ma gets her affection/social needs met by her besties (they are so adorbs…she calls them her ‘lady friends’ 🙄 ). They go out to eat every week (and complain about the service 😐), have parties at each other’s houses, go shopping, make quilts together, etc. It’s plenty for her.
But my reservoir is running really really low. Like a freaking drought. I do need more and I think it’s OK to admit that. But for those of you who aren’t 53, thrice divorced, bi-fucking-polar, not the prettiest by any stretch of the imagination? The pickin’s are pretty slim. Trust me on this. And no, I will not online date again, so you don’t have to start filling out a profile for me. That was the biggest nightmare of my life. In fact, I’m going to try to get in touch with Stephen King to see if he wants my experiences for a new book. I’m just worried it might too horrifying for him to write about though.
J’s kids really really really filled this need during our 3 year relationship. They are both so affectionate themselves and they would literally wrap their bodies around mine while we talked or watched a movie or dozed. I could give to them what my son never let me give to him and I loved it. So so much. I think it’s hard for some of my family to really get that I loved them as if they were my own. Still do.
You know, for a long time I thought something was wrong with me in terms of wanting affection. I needed it so much more than anyone in my fam, and I’ve had family members tell me not to hug them because it makes them uncomfortable. When I hear things like that…or feel my son pull away so quickly…or have to ask for a hug from my ma…it makes me wonder why I’m so un-huggable. It actually makes me feel unloveable. J’s kids changed all of that for me. They made me feel so good…I could give and give and give…and they would give back and give back and give back. Truth time: not one night has gone by since J and I broke up that I haven’t cried over the kids when I’m laying in bed at night. Not once.
I don’t know. Maybe I’ll find someone to fill my reservoir. To make me feel huggable and lovable. To help me see that what I’m missing is OK to miss. Maybe there’s someone out there looking for a 53 year old gal with glasses and mousy brown hair who doesn’t always shave her legs and uses deodorant sporadically since there was an article that said it could cause cancer. Until then? Edward…you’re it.