Seasons changing. So much changing. Uncertainty. Mood shifts.
It's getting closer but not fast enough. I never think things have happened fast enough. It will be ok.
I have been talking to a lot of people about writing. It's astounding to me to wander around to my friends and have them tell me resoundingly that they think I have several books in me, and they want to read them. I feel this impending sense of doom. Of course I will fail everyone. I don't have anything to say.
I do. I have things to say. I have a story to tell. It's just as worthy of a story as any other.
If I started writing the book today it would be the story of why I divorced my family. I don't know if that is what it will be by November. It's morphed a lot over time. I don't think that is the right book though. That's a mood.
Do you know what will last? I will write the story of me for my mirrors. My husband, my Sarah, my kids. Friends who love me. I tell this story because if I died tomorrow my story would be gone. My children would know very little about me. There aren't very many people who would or could step up to tell them about me. The only two people I am still close to from childhood, Jenny and B, they didn't see almost any of my life. They can't tell anything about me.
I only talk about the abuse. Like that is all that made me. It's not though. No one is that simple. Everyone is more complicated than that. But other people grow up with people who see them and help make them for decades. I didn't. No one remembers pithy little stories about what I did in school. No one remembers that great mission project in fifth grade. We made it out of cookies and used frosting for glue. The inside was supported with Lego's. It was epic. No one knows that I spent six weeks doing a mini lesson on aeronautics and could never make a paper airplane fly. I'm pretty sure I have still never done it successfully.
Do you know what keeps me up at night? The fear that I don't exist without my family. Without the people who do have positive memories of me. They know every good thing I did as a child and they loved me. I miss my mommy. I miss my mommy so much. I was always a mama's girl. I was so clingy. I begged for her.
I can't let her do to my children what she did to me. And I need to explain exactly what that was. Not really for anyone else, for me. I need to forgive myself for my choices. I need to explain them. I want to. I want to know that at any point in time my children will have access to all the stories I can give them about myself. They will never have to deal with the loss I am dealing with.
I know very little about my mom. I know basically nothing about my father. I know absolutely nothing about anyone further back in my family.
I am alone. My brother hates me. I should not be telling these stories. He wants them to die. I don't think he'd mourn much if I died too. He would probably think I deserve it.
I don't. I want to explain why. I shouldn't be dead. It's demeaning to me to say I should be dead when you hear about my life. I'm tired of being told to kill myself. I'm tired of being told that someone like me should fucking give up.
I don't want to. I want to watch my babies turn into children. I want my daughters to invite me to their fucking weddings. I don't want them to run away from me. That means I want to examine what my mom did that drove me away. It was there. It was there from very early on. Conform or leave. It's always been clear. And I don't conform much.
I'm scared to really do this and I'm terrified of not doing it. I want to create the space and do it right. I am going to tell this. It will be a book. I don't know if it will be worth reading. I don't know why anyone will care.
This week a former coworker told me I should write the book. He will read it. He thinks lots of people will want to read it. Why do people write? Because they have something to say? Because they have such an overweening ego that they neeeeeeeed to have strokes from random people? Because I just want to be loved. I want to feel like, whether anyone agrees with me or not, I explained my side. It's not really a debate. Only it is. I'm not having a debate with anyone else. I'm debating with myself. I'm deciding whether or not I want to forgive me.
I want forgiveness more than just about anything else in the world. I need it from me.
I asked my favorite student what I taught him. He smiled at me. That quirky, gorgeous smile. I think he had a crush on me. He told me elaborate stories about sleeping with his 35 year old boss when he was 18. Ahem. He told me that I taught him that it's ok to be yourself. And to like himself.
I want to teach me, too. Maybe that is the book. Why I should like me. I don't know. I am kind of afraid that I am going to write out thirty years of anecdotes and not know how to make it a story. A story needs a point. Well, Stephen King tells me otherwise. I'll figure it out as I go. I am so going to need a good editor.
It's weird to be present with this project. There are different sorts of things to think about. There are the later mechanics of dealing with a book looming. I'm scared. I'm trying to mostly not worry about that till February or March. Mostly. Periodically I read short things and freak out. I'll have to think about that later.
When do I write? How do I create space to do that reliably? Ack. Complicated.
I'm also going to run a 5k with a friend at the end of November. Oh this fall will feel different from the summer. I feel like I have to tell the stories all in one big go. Then I can stop this frantic refrain of hiding in the garage and crying because no one knows them. Of course I will leave things out. Life is like that. I can't remember everything. Many of the stories of me are gone. I don't really know much about what I was like as a baby. I know that when I was 14 months old I toddled into the bathroom and said, "Kissy go pee pee" and like that I was potty trained. I know that my mother told me that.
Given that Shanna was in diapers till she was thirty-twoish months.. holy moly. And I think of Shanna as being advanced. Psh.
That was my funny voice.
I don't want to spend my life dealing with overwhelming flashbacks of abuse as Shanna grows up. I'm kind of hoping to circumscribe that by doing it at speed in November. God help me. No, I'm not going to do a lot of drugs. That's hard to control. I'll have to be soul achingly bare. Ew. I'm worried about being stable the rest of the time.
I'm getting really bitchy and picky. I feel like I am. I need... something. I need to break a rule. I need to do something I'm not supposed to do. I am holding too many balls in the air. Something has to give and give hard. Right now I'm doing that in the wrong direction. Too much of it comes out in snippy stupid comments to Sarah. I need to find an outlet. Soon. That's a really dangerous line of thought right now... wait.. a very pleasant thought just went through my head. I'll be in my bunk.