1. the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions.
For me... it simply means prayer.
It’s time. In fact it’s well past time, but just like any grieving process, things don’t always progress like we think they should. Because as a Mother, you figure that simply loving someone will eventually and magically “fix” things.
And this is especially true when it’s your child who is hurt.
As a Mother, you want and need to fix things… not only for their sake, but for your own as well. Because when “all’s well with their world”, all’s well with yours too.
But sometimes things are un-fixable, and no matter what you do, nothing is ever rectified, or resolved or even forgotten.
It’s like taking one step forward, and two steps back, until the day comes when you realize that instead of moving forward –and beyond the pain – all you’ve been doing is some heart breaking, never-ending cha-cha, and the pain is still just as raw today, as it was on the day when “the ties that bind” were broken.
Every single night for coming on two years now, my final thoughts before sleep are of my son, and the hurt and heartbreak that he’s caused me. And every single night, after tossing and turning, while my mind whirls and spins with the “what if’s” and the “if only this hadn’t happened” I ask God to take this burden from me.
And every single night, He lifts my burdens.
Night, after night, after night…
But this is no way to live. I can’t do this anymore. There comes a time when you know that you just have to move on, even if nothing has ever been resolved between you… or if you’ve never even fully understood why it happened in the first place.
This is that time.
There will be no more asking God to take the burden from me tonight… only to pick it up again the next morning.
This time, I’m asking God to lift this burden from me, for good… so that I can live out the rest of my days without the excruciating pain and heartache of my only remaining child cutting me completely out of his life.
It hurts that he’s forgotten all the good times, and the battles that I fought on his behalf.
He’s forgotten that I never ever considered him to be a f*** up that has always screwed everything up... as he so eloquently put it.
He’s forgotten that I used to drive all the way into Angels to pick him up after his shift at Taco Bell, when I could have been in bed and sleeping, but I did it, because I loved him.
I lent him my car… even when he didn’t always bring it back on time, or even in the same condition that it was in before he left.
But if he asked, I gave.
If he needed, I was there.
From rides, to money, to help with school projects, to parachute pants even though I couldn't afford them.
His favorite Green Onion Cakes...
Even as far as bail money, when it was necessary.
I took his side, no matter what stories I heard from other family members.
Because I love him.
Not loved him.
But because I love him still.
But I’ve finally given up on sending him face book messages asking him to contact me, or even to just come down and talk to me… because I just get ignored, and that hurts me right down to my core.
He ignores me until he wants something from me, and then if I don’t respond like he wants, the sarcasm and attitude come out, yet again.
All this, because he's listened to self-serving lies from his step father. I'm not just hurt because he listened in the first place... I'm hurt because he never even considered the source.
I’ve lost 2 children to death… and all I had left was my third child. But if he won’t speak to me, or interact with me in any way, it’s high time to say “enough is enough”.
I need to do it, before it breaks me.
God got me through the loss of my other 2 children, and I know that he will get me through this heartbreak as well.
Lord, please take this burden from me… For good.
You know that I’ve tried and tried, and you know that the fight has now gone out of me. I can’t do this anymore. As painful as it is, I need to move on with my life, and I can’t do that with this weight around my heart.
You know what you're doing, Lord, even though I don't. It's time for me to turn it all over to you, and for me to fully place my trust in you.
I'm so very tired of crying.
I'm so very tired of crying.
Lord, please give me the peace that surpasses all understanding, and please, give comfort to this mother who mourns the loss of yet another precious and well loved child.