And everybody in my whole family just rolled their eyes. Seriously. I know they did. How DARE they?
You see, I’m the baby of my family. Drama was how I got attention. It was how I made sure they didn’t leave me at the grocery store or forget to feed me.
Poor, poor me. Oh! How I’ve suffered!
I just did it again, didn’t I?
Yes, I’m a Drama Queen. I admit it.
But I’m working on it. I’m slowly removing the rhinestone tiara from my head and tossing it into the trash.
Because being a Drama Queen has gotten me nothing but trouble. A whole lot of messed up friendships, hurt feelings, and a stupid amount of stress.
In My Mother’s Chamomile (you knew I was going to tie this into the upcoming book, right?), I’ve got a character who’s a bit of a Drama Queen. Her name is Deirdre. Throughout the novel, Deirdre is trying to sniff out the scoop. When she finds out a little tidbit of gossip, she magnifies it, making it worse than it actually is. She’s creating drama.
Nobody in town trusts her. They don’t respect her, either.
I seriously don’t want to be like her.
But sometimes I totally am.
Or, really, a lot of times, if I’m going to be honest.
And, when I’m acting like Deirdre, I steal joy from other people. I steal it from my family. I snuff out hope. I take time from my kids and my husband and friends.
And if I don’t stop this, I’m going to end up a shriveled up, bitter, raisin of a woman. Nobody wants to be around that person.
So, I’m letting go. Blocking things on Facebook that get my Drama Queen all revved up (ie, political posts). I’m giving myself a breather from dramatic situations. Praying for calm and peace and the ability to resist gossip.
The Drama Queen needs to go away. I need to give that part of my life up.
I’m not going to live for the drama anymore.
I’ll just save it all for my characters.
Drama queens make the world much more interesting…when they use their reign for good and not evil. (Good grief, it’s getting late – does that even make any sense?) 🙂 Anyway, great post!
Ha! Yes. It made sense, Robyn. I haven’t seen a whole lot of good drama queen activity…but they do make life interesting.
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Naturally, you’re teaching your children to avoid drama at home and keep it onstage where it belongs…
Oh, I’m trying…