“All, everything I understand, I understand only because I love.” ~ Leo Tolstoy
Hello, my old friend, Grief. It’s like you to visit in honor of my deceased beloved’s birthday.
I tell myself it should be a day like any other. It’s the day my friend Sharon will visit, randomly scheduled and now seemingly divine.
It’s also my stepbrother’s birthday. I never remembered it before my man Kevin died. Now, it’s a forever-linked coincidence.
Kevin Lentz was born, along with his twin brother Keith, on their father’s birthday, January 17, 1958. This year, his twin will turn 60 years old.
Hello, my old friend, Grief. Of course you visit today.
I felt my productivity wane and my emotional brakes firing before I even realized why.
The calendar turns and suddenly just another day feels like a shadow of all my yesterdays.
No matter how I try to minimize, January 17th haunts me without my beloved here to celebrate his birthday.
But, I’ll smile, toast him, and try to be true to him by being true to myself.
That’s how I say good bye to Grief—a little bit at a time, as the occasions arise.
I celebrate in Grief’s face.
I see her in the corner, a little taken aback not to be the center of attention.
See, I decided to invite Love to this birthday party for my beloved.
Love shows up. She shines. She showers me with memory and the sound of his laughter.
Love blows me his kiss and touches me with his hand.
Love reaches across time and boundaries and warms my heart like Fire.
From across the room, I catch Grief’s eyes. She smiles and winks.
Held by Love, I smile and wink right back.