Feeling Welcome

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I don’t feel welcome. I don’t feel welcome a lot of places. I feel like I push myself into situations where people have to accept me, at least in a limited way.

It probably stems from not feeling welcome at home. After my mother got remarried, my stepfather was a joy until he had his own children. Then I became an extra. I no longer felt that it was my home, but it was their home, their family home, and I was just a visitor. I hated it. I hated being within the confines of the house. I felt like I didn’t belong, it wasn’t meant for me.

Now, I feel the opposite. I have built my home, chosen my husband, birthed my children. My husband has been my saving grace, his love, support and honesty has kept me going. On days that I feel like I shouldn’t be around, I was there.

I remember a time before we married and after an argument or during one, I can’t remember, but I ran away. Not ran away in the teenage sense where I packed up and tried to move out, but I left, for hours on end, without letting him know when I’d return.

When I finally did, he said something to me that I didn’t expect. He said “You can’t run away and expect me to be waiting when I return. If we are going to work, you have to stay here.”

I’ve never run since – at least not physically – and he welcomes me into his arms every night. He is welcoming.

Want to play along?

Set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes to just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

Oh and Ahem, if you would take pity and turn off comment verification, it would make leaving some love on your post that much easier for folks!

OK, are you ready? In the spirit of welcoming the 31 Dayers to join us, won’t you please give me your best five minutes on:

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