Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Teenage Bear went on a vacation to New England. In the far off land of Cape Cod, they crossed many bridges and found an enlightened sandy forest surrounded by water. This was paradise. Though the coast could be rocky under their paws, the water was surprisingly warm and clear. They enjoyed frolicking in the gentle waves, the salty water misting their fur. They struggled a bit with their beach tent, and no one was there to help them- perhaps they should not have brought a Met towel and Met blanket, and worn a Giants cap, but we never said the Bear family was smart…..But tent aside, their time in this village by the sea was magical……
Papa Bear and Teenage Bear enjoyed fish- not the sport of catching them, but the task of eating them. They found little food huts and partook of clams and lobsters and quahogs- many of them caught that morning. Mama Bear- she’s a little bit of a pain though. Mama Bear doesn’t really like seafood- she’s OK with a bite of lobster roll, or a few spoons of calm chowder- but she doesn’t like it enough to base a whole meal out of it. So Mama Bear ate a lot of salad. She didn’t complain, because just as seafood was fresh- the fruits and vegetables were some of the best she had ever got her paws on- ( she even briefly thought about what it would be like to live close to the land, but then she realized how far Sephora was and that idea went out the window)
Mama Bear felt a little weird, being in this land that loved the bounty of the sea, yet not really wanting to partake. Is it bad to not like seafood? She prided herself on being an individual, and not succumbing to pier pressure- but she couldn’t help but think she was the odd person out. And true- she has tried seafood in the past- and she loved food- but to her, lobsters were just “eh”, salmon was bland, and oysters were okay if they were fried.
And as Mama Bear’s often do- she felt bad when her family didn’t choose a seafood restaurant out of deference to her. Mama Bear felt guilty if her family wasn’t getting maximum enjoyment out of every moment- she unrealistically wanted them to be happy always. Mama Bear often put herself last.
Mama Bear knows she has to get over feeling guilty about enjoying herself, or putting herself first. This is something Mama Bear needs to work on.
And that’s how we end our tale today: it’s Ok for Mama Bear to put herself first- she just needs to figure out how to do it. And Mama Bear is probably going to have a list about this in the near future.