I found it sadly amusing that I continue to walk around things. Things that are in my way, things that shouldn't be where they are, things that really have no purpose anymore. But I didn't put them there, she did. Her slippers on the stairs just inside our front door, her reading glasses on the table, her laptop on the couch, the book bag on the floor of the living room, and the lunch bag hanging in the kitchen. Removing these and so many other things would help me to attack the clutter…Continue
So yesterday marked the 1 year mark. With the hype that family and friends seemed to be having with it, I would have thought it would have had some meaning to me. Really it didn't. I did do something we often did together and went for an 8 mile light hike. I listened to a book on tape as I cruised through the trail and the only thing that was odd was that I didn't take one picture, I just walked. As I walked I pictured my wife on the trail a few times but I wasn't all emotional or…Continue
I am rolling closer and closer to 1 year, and I find that more and more people are dropping hints and reminders that 1 year is right around the corner. At first it was subtle, hey if you want to come hang out in a couple weeks, let us know. But as the days tick on, the subtlety seems to be disappearing and folks are being more and more overt. I am trying to be kind and not push back. For me, so far anyway, it isn't the day that is actually worrying to me. See for me remembering and…Continue
After this last couple weeks of recovering from hitting the end of one set of goals and really have no more set right in front of me, it started to really dawn on me that I am not myself. But what really does that mean? For years I would make muffins every couple weeks and we would freeze them up to warm for breakfast to go with our oatmeal. They were about 60 calories each the way we made them, little mini breakfast muffins, but they filled out breakfast well and kept me going until my…Continue
Throughout the 27 years I was together with my wife either dating or married, we worked on setting out targets. The targets were generally near term but we had a few longer term plans. Many of our longer term plans were about things we were going to do together when we retired in about 7 to 9 years from now. Trips to national parks and other countries, visiting family and generally being free to do what we wanted when we wanted. Joining a few charities and the like. When my wife got…Continue
I am sure we have all had that feeling, you gather your things to leave for the day and you get this feeling you forgot something. Sometimes you get to your destination only to find you really did forget something. You forgot you lunch at home, your cell phone on your couch, or ID on your night stand. And sometimes you never figure out what it was you thought you forgot. I got up this morning, got dressed and had breakfast. I made lunch and packed it into my bag. Threw on my shoes and…Continue
Over the last several months I have had many moments of reaching for or dealing with the phantoms around me. The phantom voice in the house, the reach across the bed for the movement that couldn't have happened. These I suspect are all normal things and with time they will slowly disappear, perhaps to my chagrin. I tried to cover the phantoms, keeping things piled up on her side of the couch so the emptiness wasn't there, putting teddy bears on her side of the bed. I even started making…Continue
So just about a week ago I decided it was time to empty one of my wife's dressers. I figured, no one will ever wear the underwear or socks again so they were logical to get rid of. I mean they are socks and underwear, they can't hold much in the way of memories. Oh what fool I am. Surprisingly the underwear went pretty easy, I saved out a few special pairs to keep in a drawer of her things, a pair of Pooh boxers which were so much her, but most of the real underwear went into a small…Continue
I don't know about all of you, but I should not shop alone. My wife knew this, and would be sure to go with me if I went anywhere other than the grocery store, and even that could be dangerous. I always got what was on the list, but there was always something else that ended up in the cart. When we were shopping together, all it took was that glance from her and the thing went back on the self and I went back to pushing the cart. Now don't get me wrong and think I was the only one who…Continue
My wife and I were not pack rats so much as we just had a habit of collecting things beyond our house's ability to accommodate :D. We had hobbies that were varied and sometimes difficult to support in a small city house of 1200 sqft (and 1200 poorly laid out sqft at that). So we had boxes in the attic and in our dens that were full of various projects we were working on. Over the last 8 months I have wondered into my wife's den about 5 times, maybe a couple more than that when searching…Continue
So I have been off for a while, very busy at work and taking a much needed vacation during the week of the fourth where I kept myself mostly away from electronics except for a few times where I acted as the group accountant :D. It dawned on me while I was away how many times I was hunting for a pronoun. People are probably saying what do you mean, hunting for a pronoun. Well for 23 years, really 27, things weren't mine or hers, they were ours. It wasn't me, it was us, there was no I it…Continue
It is funny the contradiction I have become. I complain about routines being messed up or being painful, and wanting to change things up. But then I want the routine to be there when I am ready for it. Yesterday I found out that a restaurant my wife and I went to frequently was filing Chapter 11. This place is one of the oldest memories I have of taking my wife to dinner. Yes they are a chain but I was a student and could only afford so much. I freaked out a little bit about this…Continue
As the days, weeks, now months have slowly passed since my wife died, I had things I had to do. Busy work yes, but it wasn't something I had ever done before. These required changes to my day. Getting up early, contacting random companies and people, going out of my way. It was torture but it kept things moving in a direction. I now wish there was more I had to do that was required just to keep me busy.
Unfortunately, just the other day I woke up, got myself ready in the morning…Continue
As I started down this path of rebuilding my life without my wife, I had nothing but good intentions. Clear up some things that needed to be done so that I didn't have to keep revisiting this chapter over and over again. It seemed simple. Change names on bank accounts, close out credit cards, update insurance policies. I jumped into the financial morass quickly and with a fevered pitch. Filing this or that. Organizing what I had to do next was a way of compartmentalizing the thing I…Continue
I went to Camp Widow East (Tampa) last weekend and well it was fun, sad, interesting, engaging and weird all at the same time. You wouldn't expect a bunch of people who are grieving the loss of their person to find so much joy in just being with each other. It was nice to be able to remove the mask for a few days and just be who I am right now. I know this won't be who I always will be, nor is it who I once was but right now I am a person who is multiple shades of screwed up over missing…Continue
The last two days have been miserable to say the least. Everything, and I truly mean just about everything, has reminded me of my wife. I saw a picture of a salad today that had pomegranate seeds on it, and thought of her and the bags of frozen pomegranate seeds I now have inherited. I tried to deal with the old DVD collection and move it into folders out of the cases so it would take less space, and I see so many movies we owned that I just would have zero interest in watching again…Continue
Please note, I posted this on my FB page yesterday, and then mentioned it on chat yesterday to someone. I told them I would post it here today so here it is.
Have you ever looked back on something you wrote 25 years ago and shivered? I just did that, here is a poem I wrote 25 years ago, I don't know what possessed me then, but it is like 25 years ago I knew someday I would be where I am today:
For years, my wife and I would pick a destination to go to on vacation. Often a national park or amusement park, but it was often that we would pick one destination that we could drive to. These were times when we would be in the car for hours, listening to a book on tape and gabbing about random stuff. Until we bought a car with navigation my wife was the navigator. She was responsible for the roadmap and pointing out directions. She would drive only during long stretches of straight…Continue
1 month ago today, the light of my life went away. I woke today initially with the feeling like it was all the other days since her passing, but then feelings came flooding in. I almost crawled back into bed and refused to go to work but this would have meant admitting defeat and giving in. I won't go down without a fight and so I dragged myself from bed, shaved, showered and got dressed. I made myself a lunch and ate breakfast. I left the house about 20 minutes later than intended, and…Continue
Added by MidnightBear (Tony) on December 11, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments
A letter I wrote to family & friend but haven't had the nerve to share.
I know people are trying to do well meaning things when they suggest that I should get a dog, or a cat or some other creature to have around me. I know people are meaning well when they say sharing is helpful or that you will get over this eventually. I know people merely want to try to fix me. The problem is, I am not broken, I am sad, lonely, angry and tired. I am these things but I am…Continue