Or otherwise known as Valentine’s Day – Perfect Day, Apocalypse, or both?
I had a pretty good start on yesterday. I got surprise flowers from my OtherHalf, had a pretty good day at work, got flowers for my girls, and a gift of kisses (Hershey’s, since I’m no longer allowed to kiss him in public) for OnlySon.
For some reason? I didn’t eat supper. Maybe that’s where I went wrong. I’m hypoglycemic, so when my blood sugar drops, I get all shaky, weepy, and off-balance. I’m not sure, but that could have been part of the problem of what came next. Obviously, my brain was not working at full capacity.
YoungerDaughter worked after school today. She works as a dietary aid at the local hospital, and I pick her up on school nights, as she doesn’t have a car. So, when the time rolled around to go after her, I drove up and parked in the parking lot at the hospital and waited.
My mp3 was playing, and I was fussing with my phone, when Linkin Park’s “Leave Out All the Rest” came on. I’ve been obsessed with this band lately, and have almost all their songs on my mp3. But I should have known better with this one song.
This song is the strongest trigger for me as far as my friend Midnite is concerned. It reminds me so strongly of things that she said to me over the years that I knew her, that it almost seems as though she’s saying them to my face whenever I hear it. I thought I could make it through the song, now that it’s been almost 2 years since she passed away.
Well, I made it through the song, but not much further. After it was over, I realized that I was sitting in the parking lot of the hospital where she passed away, and that was the pull on the trigger. I had a moment.
A “Moment” is a code word that Midnite’s son, my nephew, and I use to signal that we’d been thinking about her, and were “temporarily emotionally indisposed” .
While this was going on, I was also talking with another friend, Sparrow, who had noticed a post I’d put up on FB about my moment, and how stupid I was to pull this emotional trigger on myself. She’d immediately checked on me, making sure that I was alright. She was one of the people that helped me make it through the aftermath of Midnite’s passing, and she’s always been just that thoughtful and amazing.
A lovely card from a lovely friend.
Just the sight of that bright pink envelope made me smile, before I even opened it, because I knew that whatever was contained within, it came from one of the kindest hearts I’ve had the pleasure to get to know in this last year. And they would be good words. Happy, heartfelt, make-you-smile words.
And I was right.
Thanks, Lil k! Just what I needed, just when I needed it most.
Seems like this is becoming quite the trend with my blogging family – Thanks, my friends, for turning the night back around to love. Blog-family style.