This Is

I was sitting in my therapist’s office a week last Wednesday and I told her that I have been grumpy.

Not mean, not vicious, just, well, cranky.

Go too slow in traffic? I’m the one behind the wheel cursing at you. Bad service at a restaurant? I’m glaring and not tipping. I’m a bit too quick with the sharp reply.

I miss my son more. The recent birth of a baby threw me. My nephew showing me his baby album left me with a lump in my throat.

I am quieter. A bit more sensitive. It’s easier to hurt me. I seem to grit my teeth a bit more and try and smile. It’s a bit harder to look on the sunny side of things.

I told the therapist it was concerning me. I’m not normally grumpy. I’m actually pretty happy, if I take the events of this year away. I’m pretty optimistic. I will always miss my son, but I get through most of my days without incident.

Lately I feel weighed down.

I had a dream last Saturday while napping. I was in a castle, my mother, Mr. Spit all of my nieces and nephews in one room. I turned a corner and found a magical place. I came flying back, tugging on my mother’s arm, told her that she had to come and see. We stood on a draw bridge, watching flags in the breeze, sunshine and the ocean in the distance. For a moment, she was really there again.

The weight in my life has a name.

Grief.

I miss her still.

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2 Responses to This Is

  1. Carrie says:

    Just three words.
    She was there.
    Sending hugs.

  2. loribeth says:

    (((HUGS))) It really hasn’t been that long (on top of everything else you have had to deal with). Give yourself some slack.

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