Well, it has certainly been a long time since I was here. I still love to write, but I like to be in the moment and there just never seemed to be a time when I wanted to sit and write. I will tell you why that changed.
My husband, best guy, best friend, lover, partner, etc., has died. I lost him just over a month ago and I still feel rather numb. While his health was not the best I never thought I would lose him at such a young age. He was only 57. Far too young to be gone. Far too little time with him in my life. For now I can't really talk about his death. Maybe later.
Right now I am focusing on getting through the next hour, the next day. Thanksgiving was no worse than any other day. It was sad that he was not there, but it is sad that he is not here everyday. We were empty-nesters with two cats and a dog. Just us. We saw our children weekly or more often. But for the most part it was just us.
We were married for a bit more than 15 years. We were not youngsters when we met and I had been married before. Like most couples, we had our good times and our bad. Don, my husband, told me that neither one of us was perfect, but we were perfect for each other. So true.
I find myself looking back from the moment I knew he was not going home with me. I found myself being thankful. I am thankful for the last two weeks we had where there were no cross words, no arguments, no rolled eyes or exasperated sighs. We certainly have had all of those, but as I reflected back there were none in those last two weeks. I stopped at two weeks because I really couldn't go back any further without a calendar and I was glad. Glad that I did not have guilt about saying something mean spirited or anything else that would have had me wishing for a do over.
There are a lot of things I am thankful for and I try my best to focus on those. I try not to deny my tears. I do try to create a buffer around me when I am in public. I try to not go places alone right now. I don't want to talk to people who may not know he is gone and end up crying in the aisles of the grocery store. I am trying to be kind to myself and to go with the flow. If it feels right, I do it.
Right now being here and telling you about Don feels right.
The Hopeful Romantic