I’ve got Ferdinand’s website set up. It’s not ready to run yet, but I have started transferring some journal entries over to the blog/website. I did not transfer all the entries as some were really just total blah-blah’s. How did I make people read that? It is ok to write that because I guess as a pregnant woman I am a very blah-blah type of person. Or, in general, I am just a very blah-blah type of person. I wish i could be succinct. Or eloquent. Speak like a female Rumi or just shut up. But I can’t. I guess mental diarrhea started long time ago for me.
When I came to the July mark of transferring the entries, my hands started to sweat, my eyes hurt and I started to get cold feet. I began to tell myself, “I don’t think I can do this.” and “Why am I doing this?” and “Who wants to read this? Why am I wasting time here?”
And I think maybe it is because I just do not wish to re-visit July. July 2007.
Yet, driving the girls to their ice-skating class yesterday, I knew I had to do it. I will do it.
I just feel, it is necessary to sit with the pain. Sometimes, it feels really hard to cry. It makes me feel like I am stuck. Like ten thousand years later someone is going to come around and still find me at the same place, hunched over and weeping. Sometimes, it’s as if if you do not cry, then maybe it did not really happen, you know? Sometimes, the crying feels really painful. Hurts like hell and you just do not wish to go to that place. But often, after the crying, you feel better. The wound weeps, but the scab gets thicker. And slowly, the scab will dissolve, and a scar will slowly take its place; another feature in the landscape of my life. And I know at the end of it, I will go over every feature with love and longing, and it will not matter if it was grown from hurt or pain or love or gains.
I also feel, because I so desperately, in the early days, wanted to read someone’s grieving and healing journey, that I should put mine out there. One night, I was in deep despair. Alone, downstairs, at the computer, the only light in the total darkness emanating from the computer screen, searching for examples of someone who walked a similar path. What did they do? What thoughts went through the mother’s mind? Did she feel like dying too? How did she find strength? What does the grieving journey look like? I guess I needed to know someone would have written something to let me know that what i went through was “normal” and eventually it will be somewhat “fine”. Things change, you are no longer the same person, but Life is indeed going to move on, and there will always be Hope, always be Love. So, even if the blog/website is not going to shatter the earth, change lives, reverse what had happened, it will be my little, humble contribution of Hope, and a shining example of love and support.
In bed last night trying to fall back to sleep again I also started to chicken out about the dinner. I was afraid I will bawl uncontrollably, and I DO NOT want it to be about me crying. It is not about me, really. It’s about Life and Death and loss, and our journeys; about finding hope and having hope. About connecting. About celebrating. About friendships. Just about us, mere mortal beings, floating about in this space called earth, finding each other and sometimes losing each other. I wanted to share about the interesting and wonderful experience I had of a silent meal, and I just wanted to see my friends and spend an evening with them, remembering portions of our lives. I recall B’s email to me. I invited her to the dinner even though she is out-of-state because she is just such a dear friend and I know she would have much wisdom to share. But she told me it made her knees weak. She was flattered to be invited, she said, but scared to be called to be so open and honest. She said she will send a writing that I can read that night. I told her I am sorry I put her in a place of discomfort. But she said no, it was not that; it is just she thought she would not rise to the occasion. But there is no occasion to rise to. I decided we will be just where we are that evening. I decided I must let go this fear of crying in-front of other people. If it feels right, then the tears will surely come. Why hold back the memories and emotions? I just hope, and I fervently hope, that the dinner will be a wonderful one. I think it will be.