Pet Peeve time:
I hate it when people ask me if I miss my daughter while she is at college.
What does it mean to miss someone?
Let’s talk a little about me…
I love my daughter very much. I also feel that she loves me very much. When you are secure in the to and fro of a relationship, you don’t really feel the “missing” because it’s just a part of your heart. I don’t really “miss” her because she is always with me in spirit.
I also text/facetime/talk to my daughter almost every day. I know everyone out there is going to have an opinion about this. Some will say I’m not allowing her to spread her wings. Some will say I’m being over protective. Some will be jealous of my relationship. Some will think it’s nice that we connect when we can. For the record: don’t care what anyone thinks- this is how our relationship has evolved up to this point. I’m sure as time goes on it will evolve further, but I’m all for letting things happen organically.
What do we talk about you ask?
Sometimes it’s practical. She texts that she received a package. I call because I’m having trouble resizing a JPEG that I need to attach to something. She asked me to read over an review she wrote for the paper. I give her updates about her grandfather.
Sometimes it’s fun- she calls to tell be about a sorority party. I call to discuss a movie I just saw. We text each other pictures from the Met Gala…
Can you really miss someone you talk to almost everyday?
Chew on that for a moment…
You know why else I don’t completely get this question?
In a world where Zoom took over our lives- do we still need to be physically present with someone in order to not miss them?
I guess if we are discussing pet peeves I must add that I hate Zoom and doing things where I have interactions over a screen with more than one person. What am I saying? Even one person. I can facetime with my daughter because we are easy going about it. I walk around the house, I make tea, I put things away while I am on the phone with my daughter because we just kind of go with the flow. I don’t know how many others would be this easy going about my laissez faire video calls.
Now I know you’ve enjoyed learning about some of the things that I don’t like- but we will return to the original question:
When you say you “miss” someone, what do you mean?
What are the things that make you say you miss them?
What do you miss about them?
When is the last time you told someone that you missed them, and what was the who, what, when, where and how of it all?