This is a shitty time of the year for us. The weeks running up to this date getting increasingly fraught and as soon as the poppies start to appear on people's lapels it feels like the horrible count down has begun.
Posts on this blog have become less and less frequent and that's because I have less and less to say. No that's not true. I have less and less NEW things to say. I could easily week after week jot down thoughts on how shit it is when your child dies and how terrible I feel and how much I miss her, but at a certain point it just becomes scab-picking. But it feels wrong to pass this milestone without marking it in some way.
So I'm marking this time by going back over some old posts that I wrote over the last couple of years.
I write a lot more now than I did back when I started this blog. When I write something now; a script, an article, whatever, after a few weeks go by, when I look at what I wrote I am far enough removed from it that I can look at it with fresh eyes. When I look at the posts I wrote over the last 3 years its almost like they were written by someone else. It's almost like our story happened to someone else. I read posts like the one that documented the two days she was alive http://goo.gl/WaZD0 and I feel a terrible sense of 'what a terrible thing to happen to that poor guy' then I remember that poor guys is me and that this isn't just some tragic story I've read, but my life.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not completely removed from the events. It so incredibly rare that a day will go by when I don't think of Emma, or remember the events of those days or wonder what she would be like now. But after the three years that Rach and I have spent putting our lives back together it's odd to read about another couple who were barely able to function because of how crippled they were with grief.
Nowadays we are a lot better. Not back to how we were before, that isn't going to happen. We still hurt, and grieve and remember, but we also laugh and work and function. And we don't even have to remind ourselves to laugh and work and function.
I'll finish on this. If you are reading this because you have gone through a similar loss then you should know that things will get better. It'll take a very, very long time and things won't go back to how they were before, but they will get better.
Happy Birthday Sweetheart x