So, it seems my social calendar has suddenly emptied itself out. On Tuesday, I extended to a friend an invitation to my home for today, which at the time I thought was accepted. So I had prepared to make a nice meal and even bake something nice for dessert, but upon touching base with my friend last night, she was no longer able to come. I assume that in her mind, the plans were never finalized, since she had felt no need to advise me of the schedule conflict until I reached out. I sometimes wonder what it is I do wrong to cause these misunderstandings to happen. In any case, I am having a quiet day by myself today instead. It's probably just as well; I was probably destined to be embarrassed by my clutter.
At literally the same time as I was finding this out, yesterday, I received a message from my sister-in-law to let me know she was not going to host a Thanksgiving celebration this year. As a corollary, this means I am definitely not invited to her celebration, since she isn't having one. She said she needed to find her "new normal" in her new life without her sister. I said it was probably just as well; Thanksgiving was Jo's favorite holiday, and I doubt I will be feeling celebratory that day either.
(For some reason it does make me wonder if there is a larger context to it, and whether it's a sign, or a hint, that she and I might end up going our own separate ways after all. I think the loss of her sister is incredibly painful for her, maybe the most painful thing that has ever happened to her, and if what I am is a reminder of what she has lost, then maybe that would be just as well too.)
I checked my email last night, and there was an email in the UU mailing list asking for another participant in the special Samhain service that the Earth-Based Spirituality (aka Pagan) group is doing this Sunday. I replied and said I could do it. Today there was another email that said they had filled the opening, with someone other than me. I wonder what it is I did wrong when I tried to sign up for the Earth-Based group, that I wasn't included in the planning in the first place; I don't remember ever getting a message about it. It's probably just as well though; I'm not even sure I want to go, so I'm not sure why I was volunteering for it, other than thinking that I'm a Witch and I am surely capable of helping with a Pagan service.
It's also probably just as well because the truth is, even though I've been asking about it at church, I've been having mixed feelings about sharing the details of my spirituality with other Pagans. I guess I worry that it'll just end with a bunch of Wiccans trying to tell me all the ways I'm doing it wrong. Which wouldn't change me, necessarily, but it would feel like yet another rejection.
I end up thinking, it actually might be just as well if I just plan to keep to myself for the most part. I do have a lot of work to do if I'm ever going to actually get my home in order.
Of course, then the bad side of keeping to myself is the thing that Joanne was most scared of before she met me: Now that I'm alone, if something bad happens to me, I rather expect nobody will notice until I fail to show up for work.