Sunday, March 25, 2007
Logan has his naps in the afternoon on weekdays at around 2:00 or so and sleeps until his daddy gets home at 3:30. The best way to get him to sleep long and peacefully is to "sleep" beside him on our huge king-sized bed.
I usually turn on my Soap (General Hospital) and watch that during his afternoon nap. General Hospital is over at 3:00 and that's when Dr. Phil comes on. Rather than getting up and disturbing Logan, and possibly cutting his nap short, I lay still and watch until he wakes up on his own. Usually I don't watch all that carefully or put much stock in anything said on that program.
There was one day last week, however, where Dr. Phil got me thinking. He asked an innocent enough question, but it was actually surprisingly difficult to answer. He asked: "Can you name the 5 people outside of your family who have changed your life?"
So I've decided to take a whack at this question below:
1) Terry - the obvious answer. Terry is my soul mate. He is the father of my child, so technically he's family now. He completes my life and makes me happy.
2) Chelsea - she has been my best friend since I was 9 years old. She now holds the reigning title of "my longest relationship outside of my family." In 21 years, how could she have not shaped the person I am today?
3) Larry - he was my boss when I worked at the dry cleaners. He threatened to fire me if I didn't quit and go to university. He was one of the major advocates for my talent in my life. I probably would not have moved to Winnipeg (and not met Terry) if it weren't for him.
4) Mr. Atkinson - my grade 5 teacher. All my friends were terrified about being in his class, which made me equally so. He turned out to be the best teacher I ever had. He started the process of bringing a shy girl out of her shell. And he did it by recognizing my strengths and not picking on me.
5) A tie: Dr. Tam and Dr. Schneider. One a cardiologist, one an obstetrician. Both responsible for keeping me alive, so that I could, in turn, keep Logan alive. My life, and the life of the single most important person in my life, are a direct result of their expert care.
Now, since I didn't actually watch the end of that Dr. Phil episode, I'm not really sure what I was supposed to do with this information. Logan woke up before an explanation was offered. But it was an interesting and difficult exercise that I challenge my readers to try sometime.