Saturday night was the annual Halloween party at church so I dressed Henry up in his costume and headed over.
Go ahead, tell me he’s the cutest tiger you’ve ever seen.
Believe it or not, though, Henry isn’t the point of this post. It’s what happened while we were at the party that I want to talk about. There were a ton of people there, lots of parents with their kids in tow. I saw hot dogs and elephants and transformers – kids were loving it. Everyone seemed to be having a good time.
And then there was me.
Sure I had friends there and I knew most of the people in attendance. But after a few minutes I sat on the floor with Henry since he was too young for candy and not old enough to play the games (and he was heavy). I chatted with a friend and then another one. But after about 30 minutes, I was done so we went back home. It made me sad for some reason and I couldn’t figure out why. I didn’t understand why, with all of those people there and even with my friends, I felt alone.
After thinking about it the past couple of days though, it dawned on me. It’s because yes, there were a lot of people there and yes there were lots of friends, but everyone was there with their family. They were there to watch their children have fun and to support them, it wasn’t about socializing with the other adults. Of course there was some of that going on, but it was secondary to having fun with their families. And my CPA wasn’t there so our family unit wasn’t complete and I felt alone.
It was a strange feeling. It made me once again realize how important he is in our lives. Which was why I was more glad than usual to welcome him home from his week-long trip today. We met him at the airport and surprised him as he got off the plane.
Isn’t he handsome when he’s surprised?
Side note here: I love Reagan National Airport. It’s the coolest airport ever!
The best part was seeing little Henry’s face as he saw his dad for the first time in a week.
That was exactly how I felt. Now I don’t have to be alone in a crowd anymore and our family is once again complete. I’m so glad my sweetie’s home.
Do you ever feel “alone in a crowd?”