Remember Peek-a-Boo? You drape a blanket over the baby’s head, and then lift it up and say, “Peek-a-boo!” and the baby laughs and you laugh and you do it again and you both laugh some more. The advanced version involves the baby figuring out it’s even more fun when covers it eyes with its hands and chooses when to spring the surprise.
Funny that the name of the game has never changed to You’re Not There and Then You Are. Students of growth patterns in early childhood are likely to point out that it takes a while for babies to get that they are not left for good when they cannot see their important people. The game helps that scary first stage.
I might add that dogs never get it. It’s like a miracle to them when you show up again.
I expect you see this one coming and yes, I’m going to do it. I am going to tell you that you are not alone and you are better at figuring this out than a baby or a dog. Well, maybe the dog knows already. At the risk of squeezing the heck out of a metaphor, I say you simply need to lift the blanket.
Breathe deeply, let go of all the distractions and allow your heart to tell you what you already know. You are loved. You are not alone.