I broke down in the shower this afternoon.
There wasn’t any specific trigger, besides just missing him. No one has said his name out loud to me, there hasn’t really been a reason for everyone to mention him today. I was just standing there, letting the hot water pound on my back. Then I realized how long I’d stood there. This wouldn’t have happened if he was still here.
That’s when I lost it.
It’s these moments in grieving that people don’t see. Where I’m sitting on the shower floor and I can’t differentiate the water from my tears. No one sees me trying to stand up and wishing I never had to. Then when there’s enough courage to stand, I feel like there’s so much weight on my shoulders. The tears didn’t do anything but put sadness more in my head. All I keep repeating in my head is why.
Somehow I get up and look at my mirror. Instead of just wiping off the steam, I write his name. I take it in and say it out loud.
His name deserves to be said. It’s such a strong, sounding name. He fit it perfectly. Then I look at it all written out. I take in the curves in each of his letter, then savor this moment. The calm in the storm.
As it slowly evaporates, I’m faced with myself: a bereaved mother. My eyes are all puffy and there’s some mascara left under my eyes, even with the heavy stream of water I just was under. I wish I could smash it to pieces and never have to look at myself after a breakdown again. It’s painful to see myself in such distress. I feel it constantly, but rarely see it staring back at me.
This is grief.