Matt, this world has gone crazy. I wonder if you know whats happening down on earth. I wonder what life would be like if you were here. We’ve been hit with this deadly virus. Our state has come to a screeching halt. Every nonessential business has closed its doors and we are all confined to our homes. It’s been a month and I’m feeling the stress of this new normal.
I’m still undergoing radiation everyday. I call it groundhog day. Ray and I drive to Penn Monday through Friday. I wear a mask and gloves as does everyone who is venturing out of their homes. It’s almost like being an extra in a movie. It’s something I never thought would happen in our country. I wonder what your reaction would be if you were alive.
Your Grandmother was more upset about them closing churches during Lent. The Catholic girl in her just couldn’t understand the need for social distancing to stop the spread of this deadly virus. For her going to church was part of her routine during Lent. She was more worried about not being able to worship than she was of catching the virus. She wanted to know how we would celebrate Easter without going to church.
I had no idea how stressed she was. Looking back I should have seen the red flags but I’ve been so preoccupied with my cancer battle that I totally missed her distress.
I will never forget the call. Asking if I was Marybeth. I would get those exact same calls during your active addiction. A stranger on the other end of the phone asking for me. My heart started racing before another word was said. Your grandmother was found in her car in front of the soup kitchen where she volunteered feeding the poor and homeless. It seems even though we told her to stay home she was doing what her heart told her to do. She suffered a massive stroke.
She remained in the hospital holding on for a week. I was unable to visit. The hospitals had stopped visitors and with my immune system being down I was told to stay away. Stacey was given permission to stay with mom mom because of the gravity of her condition. I was able to speak to her as Stacey would FaceTime with me while she was at the bedside. I was able to say all those things we think we will have time to say. I apologized for not understanding her distress. For all the arguments we had since your death. Mom Mom never lost a child and had no clue how my life had drastically changed. We had so many arguments about my grief. Many times I would find myself screaming into the phone as I tried to get her to understand that time did not help with my grieving. It was a difficult relationship. One I foolishly thought we would fix before time ran out.
I asked her to give you a hug from me and to let you know how much I love and miss you. She left this earth the Monday after Palm Sunday. The nurses said it was a peaceful death.
I feel like I’ve been slapped by reality once again. There was so much left to say and now the chance is gone forever. I mourn the relationship we should have had. After you died she walked away from me. I know she loved you and I thought we would mourn your death together. I will never know why she acted the way she did. Why she stayed away and offered no support. That was the one question we argued about. Now I will never have my answer. Funny how now that she’s gone it doesn’t seem as important as I once felt it was.
I was having a bad day and opened a photo album I hadn’t touched for a year. I wondered if you two were together again. I prayed that she found you and would keep you safe until my time comes to be with you for eternity. The pages fell open to this beautiful picture of you and mom mom. Holding each other close. Your smiles so beautiful, radiating happiness and love. Was this you sending me a sign? Are you together again?
Oh Matt, I pray you are both at peace. Mom mom was so upset about missing church during Holy Week but here she was witnessing the beauty of Easter in the most heavenly place. I mourn what could have been for all of us.
Life has a way of teaching us difficult lessons. I’m learning that tomorrow is not promised to anyone. I’m learning to say what I feel and never think there will be a tomorrow to fix things. The hardest lesson for me is that we really have no control of anything in this life.
I printed out your picture. Every time I look at it my heart gets a warm feeling. Knowing you are reunited with your grandmother helps my grieving heart. Godspeed to you both. Together again in paradise.