MCH, I don’t even know how to start…but I guess it doesn’t really matter how eloquent this is, since I am really writing it for myself. Who knows if you will ever read this- or any of my other writing about you- but it does help me to get “it all out”. I have been telling everyone that I have started to focus on myself and moving on. That is a lie. People marvel at my strength, compliment my ability to push through…it is all a facade. I am destroyed inside- I feel broken in a way that there will never be a way to put it all back together. I think I have accepted that, the same way I have had to just accept my dad. Accepting it just makes it easier than trying to fight it. I know I have lost you, probably forever. The truth is that I haven’t moved on because I don’t want to- I don’t feel ready.
On my last day of school, when every other teacher was cheering for the summer, I received a message from someone who is virtually a stranger to me telling me that you went to rehab. You and I had not spoken for one week and two days. I told you to leave me alone- you were pushing me and provoking me. I figured you would give me space and then in time, we could communicate on a level that wasn’t so intense. When I found out you were already gone for a week, I cried until I hyperventilated. In class. In front of my students. And then I walked out. I did not say goodbye to anyone- I simply gave my ID and keys to another teacher and got in my car and drove home, two hours before dismissal. I don’t even know if someone knew to cover my last class. I got home and threw up so hard I broke blood vessels on my face. How? How could no one have told me? How did you not tell me? I guess you took it very literally when I said to leave me alone. Even if your friend and parents hate my guts, I still deserved to know.
I am so sad. So empty. Just the day before I drove past your apartment, looking for your car and there it was, parked in your spot. I wondered if you were sleeping or drinking or worse. I cried as I drove away, knowing you needed this time apart, too, that it was for both of us. And yet, as I stared at your apartment, worried sick about you, unbeknownst to me you were already across the country in rehab.
Your mother told me I should “be happy for you”. I can’t believe she had the audacity to actually tell me that. Happy feels like a foreign emotion right now. I suppose it was better than your “best friend” who yelled at me and then hung up on me when I asked him why no one had the common decency to tell me you went.
I am so angry. I want to punch someone. I want to stand on the edge of a cliff and scream until my voice is gone. I am so mad at you, but I also miss you so much. I am so mad at you, but I am so relieved that you are safe and getting help. I am so mad at you, but I know I have to find a way to not let it eat me up inside. Mad, sad, mad, sad…those are my two emotions. But I smile and tell everyone I am ok. I shrug and say “what can I do?”. And inside, I am shaking with anger and holding back tears.
I read article after article about learning how to forgive, how holding on to trauma only hurts yourself. I know you felt bad about everything that happened, but you would say you were “sorry”, like it was a blanket I could cover myself with. That I could tuck every hurt and betrayal and all of the pain under it and the one “sorry” would apply to it all.
I want you to get better. I say that it is the only important thing…your recovery. That if you are sober, then at least all of this wasn’t in vain. But those are empty words. The price was too high and the suffering was too much. Your recovery IS so important, but so am I. I felt like the right thing to do was to put you first and I honestly do not have any regrets. I would not change a thing I did.
My love, my soul mate- you are practically a stranger to me now. I thought we would get through it, I thought there really was a chance you would get better. Now I see how naive I was, how much I lied to myself because the thought of losing you seemed more painful than enduring your addiction.
I don’t know how to get through this. So I will keep pretending- fake it til you make it, right? I will just be “happy for you”, knowing that you are currently experiencing the most painful, difficult process of your life. I will just be “happy for you”, knowing I will never put my arms around you and kiss your neck ever again.
If you become sober, I truly WILL be happy for you. I will, I promise.
However, your mom is an asshole.