Friday, April 5, 2013
Friday, February 22, 2013
My mom died in the early hours of February 22, 2001. I thought I was okay this year, and then I happened to look out the window. The skyline is different. There are trees that weren't there when I looked up on that afternoon, long after the hospice workers had collected her body. Heck, I'm in a whole other city in a whole other country, and yet I know that this is the same gray that the sky was back then.
Suddenly, I realize that my tattoo analogy is still correct: I'm used to the loss, to living in a world where my parents aren't, but every once in awhile, something happens and I feel that needle hit too close to a bone. It's never stopped hurting. I've only learned to live around it.
I've learned other things, too; not enough to apply Wordsworth's line that "for such loss, I would believe, abundant recompense," but enough to feel some sort of understanding. I am sad, but surely this grief is better than the alternative of having parents not worth missing.
I have learned to see the preciousness of things - of people - with a clarity that I didn't have when I believed I could never, ever lose to anyone, much less anything.
Life is still worth living.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I own my yellow belly, though. The way I see it, just because I'm scared of something doesn't mean that I can't do it...nor that I won't.
This came into play on the most recent visit to Winterlude. Bug - who is obviously much braver than I am (or perhaps as brave as I once was, back when I was also small and didn't realize how many bones I had that could be broken) - wanted to go on the big ice slides (NOT pictured above. Those are the kid slides, which is not what I went down last year). I agreed, since Bug's dad would be waiting at the bottom to collect him, which meant I could walk back down the way we came.
Once we were at the top, I couldn't get his dad's attention. I waved. I hollered. He was looking at all the slides except the one that we were going to use.
I really, seriously did not want to go down the slide. Really. As I set my son down, I asked, "Do you see Daddy?"
"Yes," he replied, pointing.
"Okay, when you get to the bottom, go right to Daddy. I'll walk down and meet you."
I worried that the excitement would make Bug forget about what he was supposed to do, so as he merrily slid down the ice, I made a decision. I would much rather look like a fool screaming her head off while feeling her heart try to escape from her mouth, than a person frantically searching for her child.
Fun fact: jeans cause a lot more friction than snow pants, so it wasn't as fast as last year. I looked like more of a wienie than usual for screaming, though. (And he even went straight to his dad the way he was supposed to!)