Six months. That is not a long time in the grand scheme of things, yet a is a lifetime of heartache, tears, reflection, struggle, confusion, anger, loss, grief…I felt each heartbeat of you not being with me in the lifetime of six months. I still cannot fathom that much time without you.
But there has also been joy. First little glimpses, then moments, a little longer sometimes, and maybe even a day here and there.
And now I can finally say I think I am getting the hang of this life without you. And that makes me sad in a way. Because I never want to be used to life without you, my mother, my best friend. But I have to. It has been six months and I have to get it together.
I feel you though, everywhere. And that helps. But I still miss you more than I thought possible. On those days when I don’t feel you close, I just whisper to you that I need a sign…and then there it is. And I feel your arms around me.
I love and miss you exponentially. I think you would be proud of me, of the past 6 months, even though it has been hard. You raised me strong and to survive no matter what. And that means without you. More than anything, I know that is what you want.
I know you have things to do where you are. You always stayed busy, helping others, so why would you stop now? Somewhere along the way, I am sure you have found a need to give of yourself and help another. We will be Ok here. Do what you need to do. Just visit and show me you are still around. And know that there is so much love here for you, always.
I carry your heart with me. I carry it in my heart.