Friday, March 2, 2012

Comfort

It's been one of those weeks where, at times, you just want to pull the covers over your head and sleep for a few days till your world goes back into alignment. I feel like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh with a dark cloud hanging over my head. I've said things that came out wrong, messed up at work, and pretty much just had one of those weeks that need a 'do over'. By the time I got home yesterday, I was just feeling more than a little frustrated, taking everything personal and reading more into situations than I should have. I went to bed just feeling well...... less than. I had gone from a life where people know me and know the creative things I'm capable of to a life where all I have to do is answer a phone, give the correct information, and move onto the next call. And for the life of me, I couldn't even do that right. It was making me crazy to be in a situation where I struggle with a new job when generally I adapt and excel. Didn't know how I was going to get up this morning and get it all together and make the most of the day.

So, here I sat, thinking I should get up and make at least an effort at getting ready for work or tying to tackle the mountain of dishes and laundry that appear out of nowhere by Friday, and just feeling sad, sad, sad, when all of the sudden, there it was, a message from my Grandmother. Just when I needed it. And it came in the form of a commercial.

You see, my grandma loved certain candies. She always had orange slices in a green hen candy dish and peanut clusters around. Gum drops were big at her place too. But later in life, her favorite by far was Werther's hard candies. She had bags of them here and there. I think that everyone that went to see her brought her a bag. When we moved things out of her house and pulled up the cushion from the chair that she always sat in, there was a mountain of Werther's wrappers. And when she passed and Dad brought her things home, there was a hug box filled with all the bags of candy he had found. I can't see a bag of those gold wrapped candies without thinking of her.

I was just getting ready to get going when I looked up at the TV that Ken had left on and there it was; a commercial for Werthers. No big deal right? It was her favorite candy, but really, those commercials are on all the time right? Well, I can't tell you how long it's been since I've seen a commercial for them. And I always turn the TV off when Ken leaves so it was weird that it was on. But the kicker? It was the tag line. "To remind you that you're something very special." No lie. I had to rewind it and listen again. Sure enough. Just the thing I needed to hear, in a way that I would know who it came from. What other grandmother would speak to their grandchild through a candy commercial?!

So, I'm heading out to make the most of this Friday feeling peace in my heart and hugged by my much missed grandmother. And I think I might just stop and buy a bag of Werthers...


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