So. Yesterday I crashed my Healthy Living streak into a ditch. In a weird way I sort of watched it happen - watched my Left Brain School Marm and my Right Brain Wild Child derail it. Perhaps it would be good to listen in on their conversation and see if they'll come up with an idea or two to prevent this from happening again.
LB Hey Hey Hey! What the ... is going on?
RB Spare Ribs! gnom gnom gnom
LB Stop! What is happening?!!
RB Gawd I'm sleepy - gimme some ice cream!
LB No! Stop! Back! Stop!
RB Crayons. I want Crayons!
LB Oh law. I am going back to bed. You go ruin our lives all by yourself
RB No! Help! I don't know what's happening. You're supposed to help me. Make the lists. fix it all!
Waaaah. This is all your fault!
LB You're nuts. I can't fix you. You're crazy. And if we turn into balloons it will be All Your Fault!
RB No it's not! All I wanted was a bite of spare ribs. A bite! One measly bite! It was you who decided that it was healthier to buy pulled pork and then save money with the daily special just so Himself could have some dinner too. You were the one who felt guilty because we didn't want to cook last night.
LB Well I can't buy one bite of spare ribs. It's not sold that way. and enough baby backs for himself and me would cost too much
RB It's only money. We have tons of money. Why would't you pay $30 to stay slim? Wouldn't anybody?
LB Easy for you to say. Besides himself doesn't like spare ribs that much. I had to buy something he would eat too.
RB So what? Don't we count? That's what I WANTED and it's what YOU wanted, but you ruined it all by getting what we DIDN'T want just to save money and please somebody else.
LB Well cry-mi-nee. Just how greedy and rude do you want to be? Was I supposed to just feed me last night and let Himself fend for himself? Besides. I didn't ruin it all. I didn't eat it. WE did.
RB Oh. Well. You can't put pulled pork on a plate and expect me to ignore it.
LB Great. Just go eat that stuff and fatten us right out of all our hot hot hot clothes, you wild child you.
RB Well Miss Smarty Pants School Marm, if you know so much why didn't you stop and listen to me and come up with a good idea. I'm not the thinker around here. I'm all about the FEELINGS.
LB Oh. Yes. Well. Hmmm. Yeah. You're right. I didn't stop to find out how you were feeling - besides wanting the spare ribs and I thought I was giving you enough when I bought them. I'm sorry I didn't give you enough time to get comfortable with my thoughts and decision.
RB Yeah. Well. You did get the spare ribs for us, but by then I was so frantic that I gobbled up all the Other Stuff too. I'm sorry about that.
LB (Hugging Wild Child Self) It's ok. it was a screw up by both of us but it began when I decided to ignore our feelings. Today we will begin again and we'll do better.
RB (snuggling close to Thoughtful School Marm Self) Okay. I'm ready to begin again. Thanks for understanding.
LB (clasping her hands and looking thoughtful) So what can we do next time - so that I don't run roughshod over your feelings - so that you'll get what you want without feeling like you have to gobble everything in sight?
RB You have to say yes to me. You have to give me what I want.
LB Yeah, but I can't always give you exactly all you want.
RB Well - you have to make some suggestions to me - offer a compromise I like.
LB I tried to do that yesterday.
RB Yeah, but you knew how I was FEELING about that compromise. I didn't LIKE it. You should have waited till I agreed that it was a GOOD compromise, not just steamroller me by THINKING I would come around. It's not a GOOD compromise till you can FEEL how happy I am with it.
LB (Giving Wild Child Right Brain a twinkly look) But I'm all about the thinking part of us.
RB Yeah? so what did you THINK about how I felt? 'Cause if sure FELT like you didn't care.
LB (Looking chastened) Oh. You are right. I did do that. I thought "no this is good enough" as soon as you sent me the bad feeling about my decision. Now I really AM sorry. That was cheating us both.
RB (smiling sweetly) Thanks for understanding - and thanks for the apology.
LB So how about this - next time - I don't act till you send me the IT'S OKAY GOOD IDEA feeling. Even if I am tired or in a hurry. I'm never in THAT big a hurry. No matter what the weird craving - I'll listen till you send me the green light feeling.
RB Oh. I like that.
LB Great. So. How about we go work out at the gym this morning?
RB Now you're talking. I REALLY like that!
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Well, it looks like my Left Brain School Marm and my Right Brain Wild Child have made some progress this morning. Nonetheless - I hope we don't have another day like yesterday any time soon.