|Mia at her tanty best|
Then Partner came back from work with the most gorgeous flowers ever. Even as I removed the various layers of wrapping from the bouquet and put the flowers in a vase, Partner surprised me with a little cake (even had a lit candle on top). I was really touched. I don’t remember having a cake only for me in a very long time. I know I can bake but it’s just a tad silly baking a birthday cake for yourself. Mia probably sensed there was something different happening and showed her approval by flailing her arms and legs in her favourite bhangra move. Bub-ub-bub-ub-bubaaaa. Then there was a fight because she really didn’t want to go to bed and wanted instead to investigate that interesting thing on the table with the fluffy white stuff. By the time she finally went to bed, I was bloody grumpy. And tired.
The next morning (Saturday) I woke up in a foul mood. I am not a morning person. Actually I am not even a person till I have my first cup of coffee. So I marched downstairs, ignoring the cooing coming from Mia’s room – Partner, as usual, was changing her – and headed for the kitchen. As I passed the Area Under the Stairs – where we keep the laundry basket – I nearly tripped on a sole sock. I kicked it vehemently and swore at it. It didn’t respond. On some bizarre coffee-deficient impulse I decided to put the clothes in for a wash. I yelled out and asked Partner if there were any clothes in the bedroom upstairs, he said there were none. A cup of coffee and some sanity later – still seething though – I went upstairs. Mia and Partner were sitting in the bed, playing. They both grinned at me and just as they did, I noticed a pile of Partner’s clothes lying next to the bed. I let lose. I pointed a finger in righteous anger: I asked if there any more clothes! What the hell are those? Just because I am at home do you think all I want to do everybloodyday is run after socks? And wash them? And dry them? And then put them away? And do the wholedamnthing again? Partner stopped smiling, Mia started grinning and did some bhangra, yay, action. I stomped out of the room and went into the toilet.
Later Partner announced we were going out. I didn’t argue because I couldn’t trust myself to say a word. We drove up to Newport and Partner pulled over outside a café. Just as I was about to declare that I really didn’t want another coffee and maybe he should’ve asked me what I wanted, he pointed and said, “You are booked in there baba, happy Mother’s Day.” I looked. It was a spa. I got a foot massage, a full body massage and a head massage*. All the things I absolutely love.
I haven’t felt that good, physically, in ages. As I walked towards Mia and Partner waiting for me outside the café, I felt strange. He was smiling at me, expectantly, hesitantly. I could see the question on his face – Did she like the massage? Mia was sitting in the café high chair, her cheeks rosy from the cold but she was happily eating her biscuit. She saw me and her eyes lit up. Bub-bubbbbb! I felt like a total heel, an absolute arsehole. I felt I didn’t deserve them. “That was absolutely brilliant, thankyou. I am such a bitch. I am sorry,” I said in a single breath. “I am glad you liked it. It’s all right,” Partner said, picking up our stuff and walking towards the car.
Why had I been acting like a jerk? Because somewhere I felt I could get away with it.
I remembered what my mother told me when we were returning from India (March 2011). “You’ve had a lot of things happen to you. You’ve known unhappiness, loneliness. Now finally you have everything you wished for. He has made it happen. Don’t take him for granted.” I remembered what my boss – one of the best boss’s I’ve worked with – said the night of our farewell party in India (June 2008) – “JB, bahut ho gaya, make this work.” I felt I had let them down, let Partner down.
As we went to bed that night and Partner pulled me closer and cuddled me, I asked, “Am I bitch?” I didn’t explain, he didn’t need to ask.
“Are you sure?”
(Laughter) “Yes. But then, you are a funny creature.”
I have written umpteen posts on men who don’t treat women right. At 32 I’ve learned that I can be as nasty as those men. I’ve also written strongly about how you shouldn’t let yourself be taken for granted. At 32 I’ve learned that I can take people – particularly those who love me most – for granted as well. At 32 I have learned that there are times when I am self-centered, rude, hurtful, aggressive and generally not a nice person… It’s not a nice feeling. How do I change that?
PS: *had the massage at the Indera Day Spa. Awesome massage, very good staff, highly recommend it.