There is an emptiness aching in my chest tonight, throbbing and sending echoes of pain through me. It is keeping me up, and I am somewhat at unrest. I was laying in bed thinking about my idea of a perfect day, a perfect gift.
I was thinking about Phoenix. I want to read him a story, hug him, know the joy of his smile beaming back at me. I want nothing more then a moment in time to say hello on this sorrowful Christmas.
I sometimes feel like my heart is missing, and it wanders away to darker places for me. Today is one of those.
He is going to wake up and have a Christmas with his family, and I will be here, thinking of him and that last Christmas, 5 days from delivery.
It was 2008 and I was 5 days from having him, and I saw my Dad at the Family Christmas and I told him, the man who had never been a real father to me, the person who had hurt me so much that I forgave him.
I remember the heaviness, the brokenness of that time, the utter loneliness. It is so raw to me right now, real as it was three years ago. Yet healing began with that act of forgiveness, and started there in my life to really begin to make it possible to heal.
Today I have great friends and family who are supportive and understanding and I am grateful for them. I have so much to be thankful for, yet my heart is mourning another day lost in his life as nothing.
I don’t have a tree up or decorations up…it’s not practical and I am barely surviving in the situation I am in at the moment. If I did maybe it would feel sacred, maybe it would feel more then just a day of sorrow.
It’s 2:14 am right now, and maybe, just maybe I need to sleep and I will feel better in the morning but right now I could curl into a fetal position and cry.
I am really grateful that feelings and emotions are transitional, but also one of my beliefs is that emotions are there to teach us.
What does sorrow revisited have to teach me that I have not already grieved though?
This is what Holidays have become in many ways…I attempt to not deal with things by being busy. It’s the time of year for family, it’s time to exchange gifts and catch up on old times, and new experiences.
I think I am going to create a tradition. I am going to allow myself to mourn and be sad but I will be stronger because I will learn from it. I don’t want to be a victim of Christmas past, and want to look forward to the future where maybe I can put up Christmas stockings for each of my kids, and make them breakfast, open presents…
One day, maybe. If anything, I will allow myself to dream. Time does not heal all wounds, but it does make them a little easier to work through.
So with that thought in mind, and the Christmas spirit intact despite my heart’s heaviness, I want you, my faithful readers to be joyful today and everyday, here on.