The next 48 hours are officially cancelled.
I can’t count the number of times I’ve cried today and it’s not even the beginning of the trigger day.
I’m sitting off to the side at derby because the idea of focusing long enough to participate seems foreign. I know I just need to get through 48 hours and then I’ll be okay, for at least a little while.
Today at PHP I felt like my parenting was called into question. In hindsight it may have been in my head, it may have been nowhere near as bad as it seemed. I may have overreacted and blown it out of proportion, or, years of being told that was what I was doing could mean that now I’m minimizing what happened today. But either way, things today were hard and bad and as it ended I walked away from the building in angry, defeated tears. And I don’t want to go back, but self care means going back because self care isn’t always bubble baths and pretty things. It’s the hard fucking work that means healing and making it till tomorrow.
I miss Parker so much right now. Normally, I want her back in this world, while also realizing I’ve grown to a place where we would probably not be a good match, knowing we would not work the way we were. I love her as part of my past which doesn’t conflict with where I am now. But right now, it’s this feeling of wanting her so badly to be here with me now as part of all of this. I don’t want to go back but I want to bring her here without losing what I have now including my current wonderful woman, my Wonder Woman. How do I reconcile that in my own mind. Not that I have a choice to make any of that happen.
And then Kidlet and I talked, I feel my thoughts spinning, tattoo ideas, memorial ideas, how can I properly mark the fact that it’s been two years. I know that it’s going to spin past and I will be fine but first I have to survive the next 48 hours. I started crying on the phone with him for the first time since he left and my kid was telling me how he wished he was here so he could console me.
I just want to live in the moment but that’s impossible when I’m worried about everything I did wrong yesterday and everything that could go wrong tomorrow.
Today, they had us do some worksheet and list 3 challenges we overcame. I just wrote out, hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. But when we were sharing, she asked me if I could list somethings that I’d overcome, I asked where she wanted me to start. I wonder when people start thinking I’m full of shit. Too much trauma, None of it has really been overcome though, it all still haunts me. I just survived the actual moment of it. It could still kill me.
Then we did three things I’m good at, One of them is getting back up over and over and over again, because I’ve seen the alternative and it leaves so many tears behind.
Parker didn’t end her pain. She passed it on. Today at PHP I stood up for Kate Spade when someone was upset about her leaving her daughter when she died by suicide. She had no idea what she was doing to her daughter, her daughter either wasn’t on her mind or she thought she was doing the best she could for her. Depression is a hell of a liar and creates a black hole that you can’t see out of. Parker didn’t do this to our kid or me, it had nothing to do with us in that moment, she just wanted to end that blackness.
Unfortunately, what happened is that those of us that are still here are picking up the pieces of what she left behind. That means the pain she left behind as well.
Now I have to figure out how to heal it and live with it or live in spite of it.
And it isn’t easy. But I’m doing the best I can, and sometimes, that means crying on the sidelines at derby.