I haven't written you a weekly letter for the last 3 weeks. The intention was initially there, and then after Shaina died everything went out the window. It's been a while since I have gone back to this place. The dark whirlwind of grief hole. The one that makes it impossible for me to fall asleep at night. The one that keeps the tears only a blink away. The one where it feels like I left something behind, and that leaves an enormous weight on my chest. It is the place where I want to be a hermit and not be around many people and keep to myself. It makes me exhausted in the way of not wanting to do anything more than the basics of life. I have worked so hard to get passed this place and to where I was 3 weeks ago...but it took less than a second (literally) to erase it all.
Work finished up for me last week right before Shavuot. It was a nice holiday, I went and said Yizkor for you. On the first day, there was some drama at the shul because of a suspicious box. It ended after the bomb squad had to give the green light for things to continue. We had a mini block party at the house. I was thankful I had made 4 pitchers of cold brew prior to the start of the holiday!
We celebrated Meena's birthday during the last 3 weeks as you know, she turned 10, 2 times an age you never got to be. Tzvi had hockey tryouts and made peewee silver with most of his friends from last season. It is sad one of Tzvi's friends is no longer on the team, I am upset that his mom won't be on the bleachers with me. I know I will see her around, but it isn't the same.
We did an impromptu street cleanup Monday. We had to get our 2nd one in asap since we were due already. I asked Aba Sunday if we should go (it was 7am), and he said he wanted to wait until Monday because he wasn't in the right mindset because it was hot because we would go earlier Monday. The only thing accomplished was the mindset because we went at 9am and it was hot. Ms. Tara came with us and was a great help. Ms. Tara, Noam, Meena, and I finished from 7th-16th street in an hour and 20 minutes, and Aba, Tzvi, and Laeya did 16th-7th in the same time. It worked out nicely, and we got a lot of garbage. I do not understand why it is so hard to throw away cigarettes, but then I guess we wouldn't have any garbage to pick up.
On Tuesday I flew to New Jersey. I have gotten to hang out with Uncle, Hay-Hay, and baby Isla (who as of this moment is officially a one-year-old). She never got to meet you and it still breaks my heart. I went to Meena's friend Sophia's brother's wedding tonight in New York. It was a beautiful affair, and I loved spending time with some of my VV friends. There was a girl in a wheelchair there and I wonder what her diagnosis is. I couldn't stop smiling watching her be pushed around in her wheelchair and dance with everyone. My heart broke when I saw her dancing with Sophia's brother, and while she isn't his sibling, it dawned on me that you won't be at any of your siblings' weddings. Aba said that you would be there in spirit dancing more freely than you could have ever been. It was an attempt to be positive about the reality. I kept in tears, but they were filling up my eyes, and they are coming out now. You missed Laeya's bat mitzvah, and you will miss the others, but I had not even considered weddings yet, and watching this girl dance with everyone pierced my soul. I hate when things like this sneak up on me.
I hate that I have worked so hard to be where I was and it now seems like I have to start back over again. Why is grief so stinking hard?! Why is it 1027392 tiny Sonzee-steps forward but an immediate catapult back? Maybe it is better that it all happens at once so when I eventually crawl back out of this Alice in Wonderland hole I won't (hopefully) fall right back down again. Maybe we can get a lot of the hard stuff out of the way now so I can have another 3+ years to build back up to before I fall back down?
Sometimes your death mirrors your life spectacularly. I remember during your life someone once asked me why I was afraid to have hope or think positively about your future...and I remember the answer being because I was hoping it would make the fall less intense/less harsh/less far. In hindsight, I am unsure if it made anything any easier to cope with, but I won't know because I never had fictional dreams of a life I knew in my soul you wouldn't ever live. Sometimes I feel like it is the same with your death. Except I have allowed myself to get hopeful and to get comfortable in where I am at, so the fall down is extremely harsh. It feels like I am right back at the beginning and it sucks!
Anyway baby girl. I am going to go attempt to get some sleep. I miss you lots!
Until next time.