As some of you know I live in Florida. I am a warm weather person so that works well for me. Summers are a bit warm and rainy but I believe I had some lifetimes in India in previous incarnations and the summer monsoons in Florida remind me of that somehow.
The one fear I have is alligators. I ran into one a month ago while hiking in a nature sanctuary. My daughter kids me about it a lot. For the entire week after it happened there was a new joke from her every day;
Q: What do you call an alligator in a vest?
A: An Investigator
Q: Why don't alligators like fast food?
A: Because they can't catch it!
Q: Did you hear about the law firm with the most intimidating lawyers?
A: It's filled with liti-gators.
Q: What do you call a crocodile with GPS?
A: A Navi-gator.
You get the idea. I tried that once with my oldest daughter about her boyfriend and it went over rather poorly. But I was happy I have that kind of relationship with my kids. We can joke, we can be serious and we can argue and we know we are always there for each other- always. They have been there for me and I have been there for them.
My kids know how vulnerable and sensitive I am about people respecting me. It’s my unworthiness. I try to use my insecurity to teach them so they won’t have to deal with that. If I’m afraid I let them know and I let them watch how I approach it and handle it and accept it and deal with it. If I scream when I see an alligator it’s OK with all of us. I know they love and accept me, no matter what. No judgement, just love and acceptance. It goes both ways. Possibly the biggest blessing in my life.
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