Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Totally, Exactly how I feel…

Ok so this post is not because I’m falling apart today but I read this poem on a friends blog and had to steal it so it will always be in my blog book.

It’s a funny thing to think about what your “normal” life is. Before Gabie died David and I talk frequently about when we sold our house moved and lived under one roof again our life would be back to “normal”. After Gabie died we’ve decided we will never have a “normal” life again. Although everyone’s lives are a different “normal” those of us who have lost a child live a very different “normal” life. I’ve felt every line of this poem in the last 632 days since Gabie left us. Thanks Jennie for sharing this I could’ve never put these feelings into words so perfectly.


Normal is having tears waiting behind every smile when you realize someone important is missing from all the important events in your family’s life.
Normal is reliving that day continuously through your eyes and mind.
Normal is every happy event in my life always being backed up with sadness lurking close behind, because of the hole in my heart.
Normal is staring at every baby who looks like he is my baby’s age. And then thinking of the age he would be now and not being able to imagine it. Then wondering why it is even important to imagine it, because it will never happen.
Normal is telling the story of your child’s death as if it were an everyday, commonplace activity, and then seeing the horror in someone’s eyes at how awful it sounds. And yet realizing it has become a part of my “normal”.
Normal is each year coming up with the difficult task of how to honor your child’s memory and his birthday and survive these days.
Normal is my heart warming and yet sinking at the sight of something special that my baby would have loved, but how he is not here to enjoy it.
Normal is having some people afraid to mention my baby.
Normal is making sure that others remember him.
Normal is after the funeral is over everyone else goes on with their lives, but we continue to grieve our loss forever.
Normal is weeks, months, and years after the initial shock, the grieving gets worse sometimes, not better.
Normal is not listening to people compare anything in their life to this loss, unless they too have lost a child. NOTHING. Even if your child is in the remotest part of the earth away from you – it doesn’t compare. Losing a parent is horrible, but having to bury your own child is unnatural.
Normal is trying not to cry all day, because I know my mental health depends on it.
Normal is realizing I do cry everyday.
Normal is being impatient with everything and everyone, but someone stricken with grief over the loss of your child.
Normal is a new friendship with another grieving mother, talking and crying together over our children and our new lives.
Normal is wondering this time whether you are going to say you have five children or four, because you will never see this person again and it is not worth explaining that my baby is in heaven. And yet when you say you have four children to avoid that problem, you feel horrible as if you have betrayed your baby.
Normal is knowing I will never get over this loss, in a day or a million years.
And last of all, Normal is hiding all the things that have become “normal” for you to feel, so that everyone around you will think that you are “normal”.
-Author Unknown

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you liked it. It totally spoke to me and I have read it countless times since I have found it. In a crazy strange way it gives me strength that I am not the only one out there living this crappy 'new normal'. Love ya Amy!