Monday, October 10, 2011

It doesn't take much

So...post partum depression. What a b-word, am I right?

There I will be. Having a perfectly lovely day, nothing but reasons to be happy and then suddenly the floor falls out and I can't breathe.

Take Saturday.

The weather was a cold excuse for indoor activites. We straightened up, played with the babies and read books. There was even talk of Chick-Fil-A for dinner. A day of clouds topped with fried chicken sandwiches. Yes. Please. Thank you.

However, by four o'clock, the babies, the reading, the promise of deep fried goodness on the horizon...it just wasn't enough.  Riley could sense my anxiety. I can't imagine how. It may have had something to do with the fact that I was pacing back and forth and mumbling under my breath. He suggested that I might want to get out the house. Or maybe it was more like he needed my crazy self to leave for a little while. Either way.

I wrote a shopping list, grabbed the car keys and headed east to...Harmon's. A locally owned grocery store that carries everything from poor mans potato chips to a selection of middle class hipsters french cheese. I know there are much more exclusive markets in other parts of the country. I understand that Harmon's is no Dean & Deluca. But it is what this Provo girl has, and heaven knows I will take it.

 I spent an hour wandering the aisles. Picking out the food we needed and looking at the food we can't afford. (Have you ever really immersed yourself in the world of high end pickled goods? Oh. Delicious. The decadence of a ten dollar jar of pickles is one I hope to experience in this lifetime.) The anxiety began to ease by the time I had passed the locally made sausages. The sadness got lost somewhere near the in-house bakery. By the time I reached the produce section my cart was nearly full and I felt almost human. I dawdled around the exotic fruits, pondered the purchase of kale (we really should start eating better), and finally put iceberg lettuce and a couple of apples in my basket.

And then a treat. A nice lady with a nice smile was handing out samples of a root vegetable soup. Would I like some? Oh, yes. Yes I would. She ladled the burnt orange goodness into a cup, topped it off with a goat cheese crostini and handed it to me with a, "there you go, hon." It looked like something Martha Stewart would make on a camp out. In other words, beautiful. Seriously. That plastic crostini topped cup was the fanciest thing that I had held in months. Which is embarrassing. But not nearly as embarrassing as what happened next. Root soup in hand I looked up at the woman who had given it to me, eyes welled up with tears and said, "Oh my goodness. Thank you so much. This is really just too nice." She looked terrified. I can't really blame her.

I savored that soup one mini spoon bite at a time.

I think I need to get out more often.

4 comments:

  1. You are so hilarious!! I LOVE your blog, and I love Harmons. I shop there every time we're in Provo. I'll be there next week. I would love to get together with you if you are free. I really want to meet your babies.
    You also sound like you could use a little time out :-)
    Love, Jennifer Himes

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  2. Your honesty is refreshing. I love reading your thoughts. I hope the baby blues leave you soon!

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  3. I have missed you and I will call you. You don't even need to answer if you don't feel up to it. We need to get together. Not just say it, but actually do it. Babies and all. There is far too much to catch up on over lunch. It must be a house visit. I miss you dearly!

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  4. Ummm babIES?!? like a plural thing.?!? Holy hellllo!! When the h did this happen?! Okay honey we need like a weekend retreat up in here. I'm kinda mad at us- for being a waste of awesome friends. Who live in the same freakin city. And I'm so sad for you that you are having a hard time my love!! I'm so here for you, because I'm always crazy. And I always have 4 kids with me ( that I nanny) so I'm totally worse off. So we can hang out and it will totally make you feel good about your life and like you are so much better than me:) ha. Oh megs, how I love you. K, calling us to repentance now. And just because I never know if your number has changed.
    530.220.3604 stat.
    Love you.
    Britt

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