My son is awake and he’s making soft chirping sounds. Singing to himself in the bed. He says, “Cuddle me,” and I lay down next to him. He says, “I need love. Your job is to give me love.” He’s safe and every day each day that is all that matters.
Ralph is making up coffee, hot coffee. We have good coffee no matter what, well most days. Grandfather: gone. Family: best not to talk too much about that. Thanksgiving: cancelled. But I have a home of my own and children and a partner and wee pets who count on us. Our rabbit greedily eats the beet-peelings from the night before. He knocks a parsnip top out my hand when I offer it to him!
My daughter is home from school. She’s dead-tired. She writes on her whiteboard outside her room:
unless you’re Kelly Hogaboom
Plan: take a nap / be miserable
Ralph is worried but I tell him this is a Good Thing, she has boundaries. And she knows what she needs.
I am off to do the Wednesday thing I do. People who don’t get to be with their families for Thanksgiving; who get to be lonely and in a dark place. Some of them have no hope. I can offer that if they can listen.
I am two years six months sober today and every day is a gift.
like it’s expected to.
small stone #25
cold cold cold
the car is cold
Your hands are warm.