Evening, my love. A wordsmith who is also a widow has given the crux of my problem with life clarity I can’t summon.
If grief is just about me (and perhaps someday I’ll get to the point where it is only about me), then it’s not my place to care about my life mate being gone from this earth. But if life is worth living, how can I not care that it is being denied him?
The corollary is, if he is the one who got the better end of the deal, if he truly is in a better place, then why am I still here? But I’d just as soon not dwell on that.
I do dwell on it. It’s the stumbling block in nearly every moment of my days, the weight that adds to my inertia, my reluctance to move, to think, to live. I know when I write to you each\evening I whine a lot about my life, about me, but that’s me sidestepping the real issue too.
I can’t come to terms with us being apart. One of us is in a better place. If it’s you, why can’t I be there with you? If it’s me, why did you get taken away? You deserved better. You were a good man, a good person and you loved life. Even if you’re not better off where you are now, I want to be with you because that’s who I am. I’m the one who loves you, who always has your back. Together we can make any place, any situation bearable. Fun even.
Remember that time we were trapped in the Myer Centre lift? You, me and a dozen other people pressed against one another, lno room to sit down, ittle ventilation, a hot summer day, a crying baby, an elderly man with a heart condition, bags of Christmas shopping, and it took them 45 minutes to get us out. Most of the people in that little metal box started complaining in the first minute, but I remember you and me cracking jokes and exchanging smiles. I remember your hand against the small of my back, not caring how sweaty I was, ready to hold me up if I fainted. I remember us being calm, patient, chatting about what we felt like for lunch.
I’d hate to go through something like that without you, but there are worse things, things that really make me sad. The beautiful things you no longer get to see, the things we would have shared.
How can I move on? When people tell me life is wonderful and I need to live it, I feel so angry and sad that you didn’t get this choice. When people tell me you’re in a better place, I wish I was dead and with you.
I love you sweetheart. I miss being your wife, your companion, your friend. xxx