The Sweet…and the Bitter

Have you ever wanted something so badly, only to realize that once you got it, it wasn’t what you thought it would be?

Let me start out with the sweet.

For those of you that know me or have read my bio and have followed me on Twitter, you know that I was away from my hometown of New Orleans for 6 long years. Granted, those 6 years changed my life in many different ways. Very good ways. But I longed to be home with family and friends.

Now the hubby and I have made it back! We found our dream home and are able to have our loved ones around whenever we please. It’s almost a surreal feeling, having everyone in one place, all at once. I find myself savoring the moments at times, as if they were only visiting us for a week of vacation before having to jet back home.

But work needed to be done. The new house renovation began; the endless days and nights of hard labor bearing down on our poor muscles. Along with the fatigue and soreness comes the stress, which only adds to the hurt. Tempers are shortened and the uneasy feeling that things will just never end won’t shake off.

Finally, the smoke clears. Progress is starting to reveal itself, and all that exhausting work is paying off. Family and friends are coming by more and more, and we are at last able to live in our lovely home.

The bitter?

The husband’s new job requires that he leaves for a week or two at a time every month. Now I must be honest, we knew this would happen. However, at the time that I was told, I simply shrugged it off and assumed I would be okay without him. I mean, I’m home. I’m no longer alone.

But I guess things seem different whenever someone thinks about it.

And then the worst happens. My father-in-law passes away. Such a tragedy…for this man was truly a wonderful human being. My husband is devastated and all I can do is offer a hug to console him.

It has been a rocky road for me and my husband these past few months. Moving, relocating, renovation, rekindling relationships, and loss has brought quite the whirlwind of emotions. We are stressed, happy, and sad all at the same time.

Nevertheless, regardless of what emotions we feel, grateful is the most prominent above all else. We have each other, we have our health, and we have our lives to be thankful for.

All of this only proves that my favorite quote couldn’t be any more meaningful:

“The sweet is never as sweet without the sour.”

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