I have been descending into a well of grief for my daugther, for both the children I raised, for the abscence of one and the betrayal of the other. I don’t know why now, why it was necessary to be overwhelmed once again by the evil intent and the lies that took my child, my freedom, my reputation, and my well-being. But down I go. Today in particular I found myself made almost helpless by the pain. Why? I didn’t call it to me. I didn’t go digging for it. It came to me.
Finally I put aside my attempts to do anything productive and went upstairs to lie on the old couch and just listen to the traffic whoosh by until I fell into an uneasy half-slumber. And then…Ah…there it was.
I am sensitive to the energies of certain people, extraorindarily so, and you can just balk at that if you wish, but I heard her voice through the window, my heart went THUD, and I knew what was stirring my wounded soul such as it is. The child returned. The child I raised. The one who accused me of terrible things that almost put me behind bars. The accusation that had my daughter taken away and kept from me until her death. The one who devastated my life. She came to visit for Father’s Day.
And so we sat together at the table making cautious small talk. Avoiding talk of what she’d done to me, to all of us, lest she get up and walk out. The idea in my mind to build back the relationship (with her fatehr, at least) to the point where she’s again old enough(17 now) to face me over what she did. *sigh*
What bullshit. I’m such a fool. Eventually I just came right out and called her on the audacity of faking an injury in order to destroy my life. Out the door she went. After she swore that she didn’t fake the injury. It’s been so many years now she’s convinced herself that her story was true.
I feel so tired I can barely move. Utterly joyless. Weeping inwardly.
You know what? I still desperately want my family back. Death precludes the return of one child. And the other? The other just stood in the kitchen and declared, “I just don’t take anyone’s shit. If you bug me, I’ll make their life a living hell. I’ll make them wish they were never born. They just won’t believe what I’ll do to their lives.”
I believe her. She was smiling when she said it. She was also smiling when she – just before that – asked her father to buy her a car.
It’s time now for the storybook ending: the protagonist (moi) shakes it off and finds something new to fill the void left by Family.
But I am sad. So sad today.