Tuesday, March 27, 2007

I haven’t said much lately about how I’m doing. Outwardly I seem to be doing very good. After Ron died I found myself without a job to fall back on; to distract me. I managed to find one through a temp agency. I wasn’t one of those dreaded temps that many employers fear. Instead, once I finished the placement, they wanted to hire me directly on a casual basis. Just last week I applied for a full-time permanent position which I have a very good chance of getting. From the start, if I do get it, I get 3 weeks vacation and I plan to do some traveling. Where or with whom I don’t know yet, but something will come up. I wonder if they are having another one of those reader/author cruises they had a few years ago? Something like that would be grand! I was talking with Ryan not long ago about traveling. Ron to put it lightly, was not a traveler. Ryan never understood that about him. I was talking about wanting to go on a cruise and he said I should go on a romance cruise. When I told him I would the next one, he was quite shocked they would have such a thing as he was only joking. The job I have is at a great place. I love working here, even though the people in my department have a propensity to spell my name Kristy all the time J.
I’m taking a second level writing course after taking and really enjoying the first one. I’m getting a little stressed over all the writing we have to do, but I am loving it.
Lisa and I built the ‘library’ and it’s a room all romance lovers would be pea green with envy over.
I’m in the process of redoing the kitchen from floor to ceiling. I’m just waiting for another kitchen place to come over for a quote.
I joined a bereavement group. We had our last ‘official’ meeting last week but we’ve all agreed to meet at least once a moth.
But under the surface it’s different. It’s like I’m sitting on a huge box where the monsters are inside trying to get out and I’m only barely keeping the lid on. The monsters are unbearable pain and loss and grief. They do escape once in a while but then I clamp the lid down real tight again. But they do escape sometimes in my dreams. I had a dream a couple of weeks ago that devastated me. I dreamed that Ron was there and everything that’s happened was just a dream. When I told him that I thought he had died, he laughed and said it was just a nightmare, that he was right there with me. Then I woke up and realized it wasn’t a dream. I was so wrecked I couldn’t go to work that day. I ended up chatting with Sybil for a good part of the day and although I didn’t tell her, she was of amazing help to me that day.
I can barely enter our bedroom. Right after Ron died, I moved to another room. Our bedroom is such a mess and it will take a whole day to clean it, but as of yet, I’m only able enter for a very short time before I have to leave. The other bedroom is much the same story. That’s where Ron kept all of his clothes and while I have an easier time going in that room, in fact I’ve taken over part of the closet – as if the other two aren’t enough, I still can’t go through the dresser or wardrobe that holds all his things.
I had a visitor from ‘Cable Company’, the ones who employee ‘Cable Guys’ wanting me to switch my home phone over to them. It meant some savings on the phone bill so I agreed. But the day they were supposed to come over to do the switch it occurred to me that if they did, they would be getting rid of the voice mail that has Ron’s voice. It’s not much – just Ron saying our last name, but I knew I wasn’t ready to let it go. A few people are a bit freaked out when they call and get Ron’s voice, but we didn’t take video’s, we only have some of those very old movies without sound. When the cable guy showed up, I asked him if we could save the voice mail and when he said no, I told him I couldn’t switch, not at this time anyway. I know it seems weird to a few people who get the voice mail, but it’s of comfort to me.
Whenever I really start thinking about Ron, I want to scream and howl at the pain of losing him, so I don’t think of him. Both boys were over on the weekend and we were talking about him a little bit. We’re starting to do that – just skirting around the edges, and Brent said he wants to retire as soon as he possibly can – at age 50. He said he didn’t want to end up like his dad, gone at age 52. The shock of hearing him say that really through me off, reminding me again of how young Ron was.
So because I’m the best person I know at beating myself up, I feel bad if I don’t think of Ron – like I’m somehow dishonouring him. But when I open up my thoughts of him, I have to close the door real quick before those monsters get out and consume me. But part of me wants to open the door and just feel the pain.
One of the coping mechanisms we learned at the bereavement group was throwing eggs at trees. That sounded real good to me. I think I’ll be buying a few dozen soon.


Jenster said...

I can't even begin to imagine what you're going through, Kristie. I certainly hope I never do. But I can tell you that if I ever find myself in your same situation I know I'll look to you for guidance.

I totally get you about the voice mail, though. I have no doubt I'd do the same thing. Every little thing.

You are very brave and very strong and you're entitled to deal with your grief however you can. If it means sitting on the box and only letting one monster out at a time, then that's okay. You should feel no guilt or shame. There's no question about your love for Ron and it's obvious it will forever be a part of you.

*sigh* I wish I could say something to make everything all better. Something to make you not be sad. But I'm afraid I've got nothing.

Tara Marie said...

Grief is so individual, and you've been so strong, even if you think you've a monster under the surface. Allow yourself as much time as you need, don't worry about changing the voice mail or cleaning your room, when it's right you'll know.

Hugs, love and prayers, Tara

Anonymous said...

Thinking about you always....call....drop by...deb

Anonymous said...

Kristie... when you are having a crappy evening call me. I listen well and I don't give advice... too often :) BUT, if you don't speak up.. you're going to hear me ramble so tell me to shut up (don't be nice about it) and I'll listen.

I called and heard the voice mail... leave it. So what, it brings you comfort. Doesn't bother me any and if bothers someone else they can call your new cellphone.

As for travelling.. when do you want to leave?? No joke, the dh doesn't travel and I'm off to CA at the end of June. I have a place to stay in France next year... wanna go????

You are still coming on Sat aren't you??? If it's too late to go home or we've had our fair share of beverages... you're sleeping in the spare room.. no discussion.

One day at a time although the eggs sound like fun :) I have wood's full of trees... take your pick... and toss a few....


sybil said...

Oh honey I wish there was something I could do that could make it all better.

You are amazing and doing so much better than many would, hell much better than I would.

There isn't a right or a wrong way. There is just Kristie's... travel that way however you need too. And always know there are people there for you in whatever way they can be.

You know, Texas would be fun to visit *g*

Jodi_Lee said...

Like everyone else, I do not have the answers or anything to take it all away. It's a process, and as tara marie said, it's individual.

I think you are an inspiration. You have a warmth that travels through your words and I doubt there is anyone, least of all Ron, who is around you that would not know the depth of your love.

I get the voicemail thing too. I always keep a message from Ryan saved on my cell phone...just so I always have it.

One day maybe you will be able to take all of this pain, hurt, and love and do something with it. I know it is painful now, but the part where you talked about the dream you had about him. It's too much now, but later, when you are writing your first book **wink wink nudge nudge** you could use that, and it could be an amazing story.

Love from Indiana, my dear...

Stacy~ said...

Kristie, you might not believe it, but you have been unbelievably strong, and what you're feeling is not wrong, it's not weakness, it's just how you feel. You don't need to explain it or justify it. Having never experienced it myself, I can't begin to understand, but I do respect your strength and your perception and your generous heart. You have courage, no matter what you think. Hugs to you.

Lori said...

I wish there were magic words that could make it all better. I can tell you that I think you are doing amazingly well. And that doing things at your own pace is exactly what you should be doing. You'll know when it's time to take each step.

Leave the voicemail as long as you want. My mom says she left hers after she was "ready" because she didn't want anyone to know she was a woman living alone. Whatever your reasons, hang onto your wonderful memories.

Big hugs.

~ames~ said...

Hugs, Kristie. I hope you buy those eggs and that they help. :P

Suisan said...

I watched Chris Rock on The Actor's Studio last night and thought of you. James Lipton asked him about his father dying. ANd Chris Rock said saomething about how you never Get Over It. You get used to it, but you never Get Over It.

After a while the monsters won't be pushing on the lid of your box so much, and you can peek in from time to time to see how they're doing. At some point you'll be able to invite one out for a bit--decide if you need to send him away or if he needs to go back in the box.

You're feeling what you are feeling, my dear. Take care of yourself, don't get drowned by the monsters, and send up a flag when they get overwhelming. You're doing a great job--working on your house, getting a job, talking with friends. Really. You are. Even if it doesn't seem so when the monsters are rumbling.

We love you. Suisan

Rosie said...

Kristie I'm just catching up with my blog hopping after being away last week and read this. I'm so amazed at your courage.

Like everyone else I wish there were words I could write that would help, but all I can think of to say is that we are here. I'm amazed by the wonderful things people have posted here and that says alot about you.