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On Asking for Help

Seattle has been home for me since we arrived here, but this week I’ve been longing for my true home, Phoenix. Really what I want is to be near the people I can ask for help — my parents, Hart’s parents and friends who might as well be family.

I’ve got it all figured out. My dad would sand and paint the kitchen cabinets, my mom would cook comfort food and Hart’s mom would keep a steady supply of movies coming. Our friends would bring our favorite Phoenix foods and distract me in any way they could.

We have good friends in Seattle, but I make excuses about not asking them for help. One couple has just had a baby, another is getting married in a month, another is totally swamped with school. I wouldn’t be comfortable making even the slightest imposition.

It’s all good justification, but deep down I know that I if I were in Phoenix right now, I’d have excuses for why my family and friends there couldn’t assist me. I wouldn’t even ask. If I did enlist some support, it would only be from my parents. I like to think that I’m more willing to ask for help now than I was a year or two ago. But I’m pretty sure that the distance is just a convenient excuse.

What’s it about? Vulnerability? Pride? Pretending I’m better off than I really am? All that and then some, I’m sure. Until I figure it out, Hart bears the responsibility of doing all that I need. Poor guy.

2 Responses to On Asking for Help

  1. Jackie says:

    I completely understand.

    I generally am guilty of all of the above. In fact, today was the first time ever, that I came home early from work. Not because today’s pain was any worse then it has been before, but finally I just said, “I need to take care of me”, and actually admitted to myself that I needed to leave.

    I remember the frist time that Jamie took me to the Emergency Room for a migraine, it was all I could do to let him stay in the room and baby me, I really wanted to say, “I know you are missing the hockey game, you can go to the waiting room and check the score if you want”

    What is it with migraines/headaches and pride????

    great post. and hope you are feeling better soon!

  2. ErinM says:

    Oh, I SOOO know how you feel!

    I’ve only recently let my husband take care of a lot of things around the house. I always had the attitude that I’m the wife; taking care of the house is what I DO! But lately, I just haven’t been able to do it. He’s more than happy to help. It makes him feel like he’s doing something to make me better (that’s a thing that’s common to men, I think).

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