It’s hard to imagine, but my baby boy will be four tomorrow. He is growing physically, mentally, and emotionally by the day. He is brilliant, like his Papa. He is creative and expressive, like his Papa. He’s analytical and curious, like his Papa. He is strong and solidly built, like his Papa. He never fucking shuts up…like his Papa. He is Tim in incredibly beautiful, wonderful, meaningful and sometimes infuriating ways. Every day I am thankful to have these incredible little children, and the connection they give me to Tim. To have this physical reminder that he was here, and in a way, lives on in their genetic code. Their co-creator. Their father.
And in me. In bearing Tim’s children, my body absorbed pieces of his DNA. I physically contain parts of him on a molecular level. I carry his always in my heart and blood and mind.
We hosted Jack Byron’s birthday party on Sunday. A fun, wild little event where we danced and ate chocolate cake. I spent the day prepping and putting out all the excitement I could muster. But really I was sad. It was hard not to disassociate, as I have found I sometimes do. In this atmosphere of fun and celebration I felt a deep ache for Tim and his presence in our lives.
I have no doubt that tomorrow will be similar, as I bring cupcakes to pre-school, give gifts, and decorate “the whole world”, as Jack Byron has requested.
Because these happy occasions are forever tinged with the weight of grief. That dark ocean who’s waves splash over me at the most inopportune times.
There is no escaping it. I am learning to live with it. To accept it.
Maybe one day I will know pure happiness again. Maybe not. Who knows. Either way, I’m learning to roll with it. Accept whatever joy I can feel and allow the rest to pass through.
Tim. Know that you are loved. Know that you are remembered. And on these “happy” days. Every day. You are here, in them. And in me.