***** I just found this post from May that never got published. I didn't realize it would publish with today's date if I published it. It's old news, but I like it :) ********
I need him. I always have. It looks a little different now than it did. My needs have morphed over the years. In the early years, I needed him to help me learn how to not be everyone's door mat. I needed him to to explain football. I needed him to run a hot bubble bath and watch 90210 and Party of Five with. I needed him to take a bus to work so I could drive the car. I needed him to tell me that I was not at fault when my mom had a grapefruit sized tumor removed from her ovary. I needed him to hold me so I could fall asleep. I needed him to get upset on my behalf when my boss was being a tool. I needed him to sleep beside on the super uncomfortable 70's style fold out couch in front of a tiny window air conditioner that was the only cooling source in our tiny apartment.
I needed him to light fires in the fireplace. I needed him to appreciate my awful cooking. I needed him to help me not take myself so seriously. I needed him to be silly with. I needed him to remind me it was ok to be sick. I needed him to take me to the hospital for iv fluids when I had the flu and got dehydrated.
I needed him to bring me the baby for an early morning feeding. I needed him to tell me I was still beautiful even with the baby weight that I just couldn't lose. I needed him to force me to stay down when I was on modified bed rest and wanted to help out with dinner. I needed him to be by my side in awe as I delivered our third son myself (in a hospital with a doctor present!). I needed him during pregnancy to make a no phone calls after 9 pm rule.
I needed him to carry me to bed when I just couldn't keep my eyes open. I needed him to take me mini golfing. I needed him to go to the park and swing with me. I needed him to tell me his corny trademark joke, that I refer to as his best pick up line ever. I needed him to hold my hand.
Last year the dynamics changed. I needed him still but I was now needy. I needed him to make me call my nutritionist when he did the math and realized my weight loss was already 11% of my body weight. I needed him to talk me down when my nutritionist and doctor both agreed that I needed to go to the Eating Disorder Center. I needed him to make sure I was at least attempting to eat. I tried to hide the clumps of hair, the skeletal looking hips, and the fact that I had also started (unsuccessfully) trying to throw up. I needed him but didn't want him to know it.
I needed him to come and pick me up at my friend's house and drive me to the local hospital. I needed him to sit for 9 hours in the emergency room, holding my hand and even climbing up on the e.r. cot with me to hold me while we both tried to sleep. I needed to see him in our car following the ambulance as they drove me to the mental hospital. I needed him to hold my hand the whole way up to my unit and to tell me it would be ok, even though I know he wasn't sure. I needed him to call my pastor so that my pastor could visit me in the hospital since he wasn't allowed every day. I needed him to call into work for a week and be full time dad while I was in the hospital. I needed him to make me go to my follow up therapy after the hospital.
I needed him to pick up my slack and take on most of the housework. I needed him to be the prominent parent for a while. I needed him to work his 2 jobs, take care of me, take care of our kids and handle the house as well. I was just plain needy.
Last night I was up late looking for our new license plate stickers when I finally sat down in the middle of the floor for a good long sob. As I was crumpled up on the floor, I was thinking that it seems so unfair that when the kids are having a rough night that someone can carry them to bed but who was going to carry me? For a few minutes I even thought how nice it would be if he woke up and came out and, just like he used to do, carry me to bed. Tonight I realized this, I still need him. I have needed him to be so many deep things lately that I am missing the little things.
I have needed him to help me in my recovery and sometimes by gently tough with me. Now, I am ready for the corny jokes, being carried to bed by arms much stronger than mine, playing cards while talking, dancing to a good song just because we want to.