This week Brian’s 18 year old daughter gave birth to his first grandchild. It was a sad moment knowing he was not there for support or to welcome him into the world and sadder still knowing he will never know the joy that grandchildren can be.
It was also a happy moment knowing that we have a new addition to our blatantly dwindling family. He was so was sweet and the moment I held him I did not want to let him go. And it took me back to another hospital three years ago December and I had to wonder how we got here? I sat and thought about how you never know what is just around the corner at times like this when you are so happy. Would I have allowed myself to know Paxton's love had I had a clue what was ahead? I hope I would have.
I wanted to shield this new baby from all of the horror and all of the sadness that changed our lives forever six months ago. I don’t want his birth or his life to be marred by what is still so fresh to us all. I’ve always heard that when God closes one door, He opens another. I hope this new baby is that open door to my granddaughter and that she will get comfort and relief from her loss. Not that anyone could ever take the place of her family members but maybe he will help fill that emptiness and lessen her pain. I pray that for her. She is very young and has a hard road ahead of her and it is my prayer that God will watch over her and that baby and that she will develop a relationship with God and raise the baby to know and love Him. At eighteen, she has already had more hardship, heartache and sorrow than most girls have in a lifetime. I know that though this will be a difficult road, that baby will bring her joy like nothing else can and help her to put her life back together.
I am sad that they are sixty miles from me and living with her mom, so there is no chance, that I will even be a part of his life. That is a shame because I could sure use a little joy.
This coming Sunday will be another of our major firsts – Brian’s 42nd birthday. We had Kara’s birthday one week after she died; then our first Thanksgiving, Paxton’s birthday and then Christmas. We will still have Easter – which we always celebrated together with a cookout and family get-together and then Mother’s Day and Father’s Day and the first anniversary before we are through the first year and all of the “first” triggers. I keep hearing how sometimes the second year is harder than the first – oh God, I hope and pray not. I cannot even imagine that.
I am better. I know I am better because I’m no longer wishing I would die every day and that has got to be a good sign. I still can’t believe I lived through it thus far. I really can’t. Undoubtedly I actually am stronger than I realized.
My oldest son got a new puppy. My daughter got two puppies. My granddaughter has a precious new baby. They have all found something to love and something to help fill that gaping hole in their lives. I am glad that they have something to love. My daughter thought I should get a puppy too but cleaning up puppy poo and salvaging what’s left of my shoes does not sound all that comforting to me right now.
Nothing can fill the hole left in a mother’s heart when she loses a child or a grandchild. I lost both and a daughter in law I loved. That’s huge. I’m just not thinking a puppy is really going to get it. Besides the last thing I want right now is anything to be responsible for. I am functioning --most days. But I just want to be able to do my job to the best of my abilities and beyond that --as little as I can. There are still many days I’m completely useless. I know a lot of my grief was put aside while I sat in the bone marrow clinic and I feel like I’ve got some catching up to do. But I am still glad that they have found something to bring them a little bit of happiness in all of this.
GriefShare and this Blog are what keep me sane. That’s a long way from “joy” but they have both been a lifeline that keeps me functioning.