I am linking up today with day ten's prompt for Blogtember. Originally I had planned to make this a love letter to people. To all the people who made my family feel so cared for in these past months. I went to type weeks but realize it has been much longer than that. Time has seemed to have a warped sense of reality for me lately, it flies and yet goes so slow all at once. I still plan to write that post about people (I have been meaning to for sometime now) but ever since posting the self portraits I have not been able to think about anything but that girl, the one in the picture. I want her back. I want the girl pictured above back. And so I write this letter for her, I write this letter for me.
I love you! I am sorry it took me losing you to realize just how much. I wish you hadn't gone away. I miss your smile. I miss the way it not only showed up on your face, but the way you felt it deep down in your soul. I pray that you will be back soon.
Your utter joy with the world astounds me. You struggled, yet there was always something in you that sought the best. I loved the way you said that everything would be ok and that you truly believed it. I am sorry if that is not the case anymore. I loved your optimism and your zest for life. I miss your ability to believe that everything is not only going to be ok, but that it is going to be great. I apologize that you now view life without that filter. I am sorry that you now believe that life sometimes just is what it is. If I could give those feelings back to you I would. Maybe we can find them together. But for that to happen I need to see you. I need to feel you. I need to know that there is a part of you that is still with me.
I want you back. I want you to sing along to the radio at the top of your lungs, not to drown out the emptiness you are feeling, but because you find joy in singing along to a song that means something (or that just has an awesome tune). I want you to watch a movie, or some corny reality tv show, and get crazy because it was a horrible ending that you had called all along but hoped you were wrong about. I want you to be able to remember the movie days later because it was something you actually watched and not just some screen you stared at to pass the time. I want your fight back!! I want you to get mad, I want you to have something mean so much that you have a reason to argue with someone! I want your sass back! I want you to care about the little things that drove you into a tizzy. I want you to get upset when there are no garbanzo beans for your salad or when you realize you are out of Mt. Dew for popcorn night and the popcorn is already popped. I want you to act like it is going to ruin your whole evening unless you have that Mt. Dew and pout so that Babe will go to the corner store and come back with five in hand (either because he loves you just that much or because he doesn't want to hear you gripe. I love how you always chose to believe the first even though you knew most of it was the latter).
I want to say thank you for holding on. I want to say thank you for showing up and trying to make your face match what it always had. I thank you for the energy you left behind; it has helped to keep my feet moving and my body get out of bed. I thank you for continuing to know that even though the picture may be a little different now, that you still look to a source higher than yourself and know that someday things will be better, that it just may not happen here on this earth. I wish you continued to believe that would happen this side of heaven. But God did not promise us that we would not struggle, he did not promise us that we would not fall; thank you for continuing to hold on to the fact that He will catch you when you do. Thank you for knowing enough of this world to know that there will be happy, blissful, wonderful moments. Please remind me, if you can, that they are all around me if I just look closely.
I just want you to know that I will fight for you. I want you to know that though it may not seem like it right now I am looking for you. I vow to not let you go forever, I wish we hadn't needed to take a break. You are amazing, you shine and you love so wholeheartedly that it often hurts. Don't ever lose that!
Until we are one again,