|The Familiar Falling Away (M.A. Reilly, 2011)|
Lost really has two disparate meanings. Losing things is about the familiar falling away, getting lost is about the unfamiliar appearing. - Solnit, Rebecca. A Field Guide to Getting Lost (p. 22).
For each easyspace, I have occupied and forward movement felt--grief nonetheless reasserts itself and some days, even two years after, I stumble. Life after Rob feels cumbersome. The starkest difference between life prior to Rob's death and now is that living life then was effortless. I had no idea.
Loss continues to open me to new understandings. Now, unmoored, life requires a level of attention I did not need before, revealing the unfamiliar--especially of parenting.
The image that tops this post is one I made of Devon running on a day we ditched school and work and I made images of Devon playing in the state park nearby. It was one of those fabulous fog days.
"What do you want me to do?" my son asked.
"Just take off and run. Here, take the umbrella."
|Coming through the Rye (M.A. Reilly, 2011)|
That was day about love. I did not know that then.
Later, we would return to another field. That evening I would lift my camera and see my son running through the field. Click.
So much more was captured then.
Being a single mom now is stressful and at times, tender. Without Rob to talk through situations, I find myself acknowledging the limitations of being a mom. There's so much that exceeds my grasp.
This past week my son turned 19. In a few weeks he'll be off to Europe where he so wants to live. I wonder what Rob would have to say about all this? What words might he offer? What perspective would he share? The familiar stance of mother-son has slipped as Devon has aged. What is emerging? Somedays I wonder where we have gone.
What remains regardless of all of the doubt and worry, tenderness and talk is love.