Saturday, April 13, 2013

Negotiating Alone Time

"Well," says Katie with a sigh as she rises from the couch, "I'm gonna go to the laundromat, since you're clearly done talking for the day."

She's right, of course - she can easily read me, and I've run out of steam about twenty minutes ago.

At the same time, though, I don't want her to feel like it's her, like she's somehow not interesting or that I don't enjoy her company, so I make some protesting noises.

She meets my objections with a thin smile, and says, "I get it - you're just like this sometimes."


  1. My wife is like this. I am recharged by being with people. She is recharged by respite from them. I know she loves her friends. I know she loves me. And when she says my presence is 'almost as good as being alone,' I know that this is somehow a good thing.

  2. It's good to have somebody who understands you. I know it can be tough on Katie, so I try to balance it out - as you can see, I'm not always totally successful.