you'd think you'd remember the exact time, remember what you were wearing, remember how things smelled
but you don't
or at least i don't
i know that two years ago today he started having trouble breathing and everyone came to his bedside at the hospice
i know that he couldn't really see very clearly and he said that someone must have on perfume, they smelled too strongly. he said it was me and told me to go back to the shower to wash it off.
i know that someone, don't remember who, came to the large bathroom with the shower that was for family members and told me to come back quick.
i know i don't feel like i got to say good-bye, though i was there all the time those last months
i know that how he died sounded just like how my grandfather, his father, died. i know that his death didn't take as long as my grandfather's, though it some ways i guess it took almost four years
i don't know what time it was but i know it was over before this time two years ago
i know at the time it felt like it took forever but looking back it feels like it took no time at all
it's two years on and sometimes i don't know how we're all still standing. at first i thought i'd never stop crying then i thought i'd never be able to talk about him without crying now sometimes i don't even cry when i feel like i should. i'm sure there will be a time when i don't remember this anniversary and i'm sure that he'll be just fine with that, even if i'm not.
i feel like i've changed so much in the time since then, though it might not be easy to tell from the outside. i wish i could tell him how much this has changed me, i think for the better, given me the job i do now, pushed me to really work on myself and stick with the dbt, though if there's something after this, i'm sure he already knows. i with i could tell him that i'd give it all back to have him back, not that it's a choice we get to make though.
i wish i wish i wish i wish so many things
but what i know right now is that i have to wrap this up and stop crying so i can go to work and that after work i'm going to break into that 6 pack i bought and drink to him