I miss you. In a little over a month, it will be three years since you died. Three years of sunrises and sunsets, of birthdays and holidays, of laughter and tears. Three years full of life since your death. I look back to three years ago when I used to ponder in my mind what it would feel like once you were gone, never understanding fully that one day I would really have to feel it. So here I am in the middle of it still completely uncertain on most days what it is I really do feel.
Lonely. Sad. Yes, even a little depressed. Surprisingly tense. A tinge emotionally unstable. The latter two surprise me the most. I never expected for the tears to well up in my eyes unexpectedly some three years after your death or to still feel anxious and tense in social situations where you may have been present. I even find myself tense while mulling over problems or issues in my head, wishing I could call you and talk to you about it.
Just yesterday, I had this brief thought as I crossed my legs Indian style on the couch... Let me call Mama... Absolutely bizarre. I hadn't had that thought in so very long, and there it was, bubbling up with ease. So I had to push it down, back down deep. Just Sunday, we were in the woods riding, and I felt the tears in my eyes. No, no not now, I thought. And I pushed them back down, back down deep.
Everything around me right now reminds me of you. It's spring. The birds are happy, and green is popping up everywhere around me. And there you are right in the middle of it all. And no one realizes it. No one knows that when I see a little bud on a tree that's been dormant for months, I really see you. A Bradford pear in bloom, it's you. A bird gliding across the blue sky, you also. Everyone else just sees the outside world coming back to life, but I see the world that you loved so deeply. I can never look at any of it the same. Never again.
I wonder why these times come that are just more overwhelming than others. Times when I just want to curl up inside myself. Times when I can't really identify with anyone around me. Times when I feel isolated in my grief. And where am I supposed to go with it? I don't know, Mama. I just don't know.
I think I will head outside this morning. The sun is out, and it's quite a lovely day. If you were alive, you would work in your flower beds until your back hurt. There's not much work to do in my beds this year as I have a certain puppy who's intent on destroying it all. She's a mess. But, oh my, how you would have loved her. She's everything a puppy should be. Precocious but precious. She tears something up, and then she feels so sorry for it. I can't stay mad for long. She's too darn cute. You would have enjoyed all the stories of her escapades. Of all the many things she's found a way to rip to shreds.
So I will go outside. Vacuum the pool. Watch the dogs play. Think of you, sweet Mama.
Love you always.