This. This speaks to me in a way I can’t describe.
Maybe if I was younger
Maybe if I was skinnier
Maybe if I was prettier
Maybe if I was blonde
Maybe if I had big boobs
Maybe if I had thin thighs
Maybe if I had a flat stomach
Maybe if I had no cellulite
Maybe if I cleaned more
Maybe if I cooked more
Maybe if I laughed more
Maybe if I cried more
Maybe if I cared more
Maybe if I made more money
Maybe if I loved more
Maybe if I talked less
Maybe if I complained less
Maybe if I spent less
Maybe if I laughed less
Maybe if I cried less
Maybe if I loved less
Maybe if I cared less
Maybe if I changed all of me
Do you ever wonder if anyone really knows you? Or do they think they know you because of what you show them, which would actually be your fault (well, my fault because I am talking about me here).
I don’t know why, but I feel like I need to explain myself, maybe redeem myself. Maybe just try to make someone understand me, my choices in life, my decisions. Just me. Here, now, today.
In five days it will be my 31st wedding anniversary. 31 years. Some days it feels like 10 years, some days it feels like 110 years. Three kids, three grandkids, way too much trauma and drama. My wish for our 31st anniversary is……………he talks to me. He opens his heart, his mind and he talks to me. He talks to me about him, he talks to me about me, he talks to me about us. He is open and honest no matter how it hurts or who it hurts. He tells me he if he wants to stop or keep going.
And what can I do for him? I can try, desperately try, to make him understand me, to know me, again. Try to help him see that choices I have made, things I have said, things I have done, have nothing to do with him and everything to do with me. I know, I know – everyone says that. But it is my truth. I want to take the pain and hurt I have caused him away. I see it when I look in his eyes. He doesn’t want to look into my eyes anymore. I see that, I feel that. The hugs are different, the kisses are different. The feeling around “us” is different. And I own all of it. Things that have happened in my past have affected my present. I don’t need everyone to understand it, just him.
I am needy. I need to feel loved, wanted, desired. Why? Because that is how I feel worthy. Yes, I need attention and lots of it. I need the random kisses, the occasional love note, a cheap bouquet of flowers for no reason. I am constantly fighting the demons of my past, trying to convince myself that I am enough, he loves me for me, he wants me for me. But, it doesn’t always work that way.
This will sound fucked up and it is. I still try to get his attention. I know he knows it. At least I think he knows it. I have always been an open and flirty person. It’s me. There is no way he doesn’t see it when I go into my flirt mode. I do it to make me feel worthy, it’s always been the way I am. It’s like my built-in defense mechanism. If I don’t feel worthy or loved, or desired or wanted – I will go into flirt mode. I KNOW I DO THIS. It is a huge fault of mine. HUGE. When he sees or feels this happening, I want him to look at me and tell me to stop. Tell me that he loves me, he needs me, he desires me, he wants me, he is not going to leave me. Yes, I’m a needy bitch.
And I want to wrap myself around him, crawl inside him to be as close as possible. I can’t do that, I can’t flirt, so I will eat. I will comfort myself with food. I know I will. It’s just me, it’s who I am. Yes, I am fucked up.
I apologize I’m advance. I try to read and re-read to catch errors. For some reason this one was too hard to re-read.
It’s been a little over a week since the last major upheaval with my girl. I still don’t think I am fully comprehending what happened. What I saw, what I heard, what I had to do.
She went back to him after the last incident. You know, the one where he drug her with his car and beat her again. She signed a six-month lease with him for a shit hole apartment in an old house. First floor was my girl and drippy dick, second floor an old lady and the third floor was drippy’s uncle (shocking) and miscellaneous other derelicts.
The last week of April I could tell she was struggling. The messages and texts she was sending were…..too happy. I wasn’tsure if she was trying to convince me or herself that she was happy. Throughout that week she messaged that she was going to stop at some point during the week and also over the weekend. She didn’t come during the week.
On Sunday, May 1st, I was outside painting a piece of furniture. My other half was doing miscellaneous yard work. My phone rang, it was her. As usual the feeling of “what now” mixed with fear and angst shot through me. I answered to hear my girl and drippy screaming at each other. I had to scream at the top of my lungs to get her attention and get her to hear me. She was pleading and begging me to come get her out. He was yelling at her; she was yelling at him. She found messages he sent to other girls, again. That started the fight, but it always turns into much more. She was completely out of control. He kept threatening to call the cops because she was using “his phone”, the phone he got for her when he put her on his plan. She was screaming at him to stop touching her stuff. I asked her if she thought he would talk to me. She asked him and I heard his response “of course I will talk to your mom”. I can still hear his smug ass voice. I said, “Hello, drippy dick (but actually used his name). We are coming to get “my girl” and all her things. This situation needs to end for your well-being and her well-being.” He stopped me from continuing. Drippy said to me, “please don’t pretend to care about my well-being, that is just disrespectful.” I said, “Oh, I forgot you are all about respect.” I couldn’t help it. I asked if they could please stay away from each other until we get there. He assured me that they wouldand hung up.
She called me back. She was hysterical; dry heaving, crying, screaming. I told her to stay on the phone with me. We were getting ready to leave. Just as a side note, it’s about a 35–40-minute drive to get to her. I kept telling her to go to her car and get away from him. Just sit in her car and ignore him. She said she would. I still heard them yelling and screaming.
We are in the car headed to her. She is still on the phone, I have her on Bluetooth. She tells me she called the police. I was actually shocked. She was in her car waiting. She was crying, wailing in emotional and physical pain. Repeating over and over that she didn’t want to be alive, she can’t do this anymore. This was the FIRST TIME my other half has had the experience of hearing her like this. It’s not a fun thing to experience. But part of me was glad, if I’m being honest. He needed to hear what I have heard for the last four years.
She told us the cops were there. I told her to stay in her car until they come and talk to her. She is still hysterical. I hear her talking to the cop. She has her edge of ghetto girl in her voice and words. I hate it. The cop is trying to calm her. It’s not helping. There are two cops. They go to talk to drippy. She is screaming at drippy. So much is being said and yelled it’s hard to hear everything. At one point is sounded like drippy told the cops he didn’t want her there, and she quickly yelled back that she is on the lease and has every right to be there. Good for her. She was still yelling at drippy to stop touching her things and yelling at the cops to get him to stop. I understood her side. She wasn’t allowed to go into the apartment to keep things civil, but he could start removing her things.
One cop stayed with her, one with. I asked her if I could talk to the cop, he agreed. I explained we were on our way and that I didn’t feel she would be safe if they left. He asked when we would get there, at that point it was another 20 minutes. I hear my girl yelling about one of drippy’s relatives now being there. It was the uncle that lives on the third floor. The yelling and screaming continue until we get there. She was continually saying she wanted to die, she wanted to go to the hospital, she’snot going to make it, she can’t do it anymore. Drippy was playing the victim card with the cops that were there, she felt completely defeated.
We finally get there after what seemed like hours. She was in the apartment getting things, there was a copy inside and one outside. We talked to the cop outside, he was very nice and obviously saw through Drippy’s attempt to be the victim. My girl had her car packed full, and there was more of her stuff in the yard. We started loading up, the cop helped us. While loading up Drippy’s mom showed up. Just as cynical and condescending as her son. She made sure the cop heard that she was at church and her son was just blowing up her phone and she had to leave church early. I can only assume it is a church that allows illegal drug use, carrying weapons illegally and beating women. We introduced ourselves, this is the first time we met or talked. She went into the apartment to console her son.
Drippy tried numerous times to get me or my other half to engage with him. We both refused and ignored him. At one point my girl wanted me to come onto a porch area, which leads into the kitchen of the apartment. There are a few steps up into the kitchen and a man door at the top of the steps. I was standing on the top step, refused to go inside. But I could hear her and would know if anything was happening. Drippy walked by, noticed me and used his foot to slam the door on my face. He made comments to my other half, all to antagonize him into a verbal or better yet a physical confrontation.
We have basically everything in the cars. The cat was the last thing. My girl was maybe a 7 out of 10 in the hysterics. My people are in the yard area, his people are in the porch area. Cops are basically in the middle. Conversations are being had about Drippy not being allowed at our home. He wanted the same for my girl, but whoopsie! She’s on the lease fuckhead. She can come anytime she wants. I loved hearing the cop tell him that. Drippy feels he is very smart in regards to civil and criminal laws. Drippy didn’t like it. So, he says to the cop that he would like to discuss a matter in private with him, because he wants my girl arrested for Domestic Violence because he has a scratch on his hand from her. And BOOM. She is set off. So I said, if that’s the case then my girl will press charges for Domestic Violence as well. That is when Drippy’s mom stepped in and told Drippy they will discuss it and if he feels strongly about it, he can contact the cop later. But my girl is completely out of control at this point. She is now screaming and yelling about $500 worth of dab shit that she just bought for him, and she wants it back, it’s in his car. He refuses to go in his car – for obvious reasons. She refuses to leave; I can’t do anything with her. I can’t get through to her at all.
At this point I have no choice but to manhandle her. I basically have her in a bear hug, walking her out of the yard and to the car. She broke free a few times, throwing things, yelling and screaming. Drippy keeps asking about his phone. She wipes the phone, restoring it to factory and I hand it to the cop to make sure it is returned to Drippy. She still will not leave willingly. Still screaming it’s not fair he gets to play the victim after all he has put her through. I have her wrapped tight in my arms. I tell my other half to open the passenger door and then start my car. I get her into the seat, he has to get her the rest of the way in and shut the door. I am in the driver seat and as soon as her door shuts, I put it in drive and fly out of the alley. She is thrashing, pounding on the dash, the windows, throwing her body front and back. I was terrified she was going to jump out of my car. Oh, I should add that my other half drove her car.
I try extremely hard not to cry in front of her. I couldn’t hold it back. I was so done. I reached my limit. Nothing I said was right, so I just had to stop talking. She eventually held my hand. Slowly began to calm down. I think her body was just done; her mind was done. She was completely spent. She has no more fight in her.
I call her one brother on the way home. He can relate well to her. He tells her he will be at home when we get there and will stay as long as she needs him. I also call a friend who is an officer and ask him to come to the house and talk to her about the domestic violence side of things. He agrees to.
We get home. No one really knows what to do or how to act. We talk to her about going to the hospital to commit herself. She just isn’t sure that’s what she wants. Yes, we can commit her. She will answer all the questions correctly and be released in about two hours. And I take a chance of ruining her being safe with us at home.
It’s eventually decided she will stay home. She wants to be in her bed, in a safe place, with her cat. I take Monday off to be home with her. We talk quite a bit. With her beside me I set her up for an outpatient day hospital program. She agreed to this. Five days a week, 7 hours a day. She is scheduled for in-take on Monday, May 9th. We have to help her make it 7 days.
Throughout the day on Monday, I get her a new phone number. I call the landlord for the lease; I have to leave a message. I get no call back.
Tuesday, I have to go to work, pulling out of the driveway is the hardest thing ever. But she promises me she will not hurt herself. Oh, shit. I should mention that while my girl and drippy were fighting, before anyone got there, she was cutting herself with a scissors. He actually told the officers that he “eventually” took it from her for her own safety. E-V-E-N-T-U-A-L-L-Y.
Anyway, I end up talking to the landlord, she is fine with releasing Hannah from the lease if Drippy agrees to sign a new lease in his name only. She said she would talk to him. My girl sends me a text, she forgot a motorcycle jacket and a picture of her cat that she took, edited and spent quite a bit of time on. I get Drippy’s mom’s number from my girl and text her asking if I send a box with a prepaid label, would she send the items. She said she would need to check with her son. Before she responds about the items, she asks me if I am going to pay the rest of the lease or pay for the phone that he bought for her on installments. WHAT? We had a back-and-forth text conversation for a bit. Nothing was resolved.
Called the landlord back on Tuesday. She answered. Explained the situation. She said she would talk to Drippy and see if he would be willing to sign a new lease in just his name. This will shock you; he did not agree to this. And he let the landlordknow if my girl didn’t pay her part, he would sue her civilly. I fully believe that he would do this. The last thing she needs is to be served with paperwork from him. So, I am paying her half of the rent for the next three months. Sent Drippy’s mom a text advising her, along with a picture of the letter and check I sent to the landlord. Apparently, that isn’t enough for them. Now Drippy also wants me to pay or the phone that HE bought, that is in HIS name and doesn’t have my girls name anywhere on the paperwork. It just never ends.
I’m backtracking here a bit. The evening of May 8th, my girl gets a call from the therapy group she is going into treatment with. They are short staffed and cancelled her in-take for Monday, May 9th. I did confirm this. The next available in-take date being May 20th. Awesome. She got yet another call last week to cancel the May 20th appointment, again due to being short staffed. She actually stood up for herself and said no, she needs this, needs to get it started. She had to settle for an in-take via zoom on May 18th. My fingers are crossed this pans out and she follows through with it.
I have no way of knowing if she is contacting him. I check phone records and don’t see any of his numbers. But there are so many other ways. I know that. I ask her almost daily if she has talked to him, she says no. There are days she wants to. I can imagine after almost 5 years it would be difficult.
I now have to figure out how to get my girl on disability. I can’tkeep paying for everything. Her car insurance is $280 a month, plus the rental payments, plus gas (which she needs to drive to her therapy and doctor appointments) and then there will be all the co-pays for the actual treatment and medication. I have heard attempting to get disability take months, if not years. I am still paying off her last commitment. And of all times, I decide to take a new job, and a 15k yearly pay cut.
Anybody have any advice? I did contact a lawyer and got some basic information. She has to apply, she will be rejected, she will have to appeal, will be rejected and then we have to get a lawyer. We are now working on getting all her medical records to send along with the disability claim. This is not an easy task.
None of this is easy.
Sunday night, the rain started. I heard it bouncing off the skylight over my bed. There was a time I found it distracting, now I find it comforting. Getting lost in the sound, the rhythm, the intensity. I wanted to throw the covers off, strip down and flee into the rain.
Wishing the rain to cleanse me. Cleanse my soul, my spirit, my mind.
Wishing the rain would wash away the sorrow and the pain.
Wishing the rain would drown the demons, the ghosts that plague me.
Wishing the rain would wash away the old me, the decaying me.
Wishing the rain would enliven the hibernating me, awaken me to the possibilities.
I love reading. I love reading a phrase that speaks to me. I feel like I’m the first person to truly get what the writer was trying to make the reader see, or feel, or experience. There is a phrase I read recently that I think about all the time.
There are no rules where you dream.
Think about that. Each time I read it; it means something different to me. But that’s what words are for, right? It’s about discovery and learning and growth. It’s about thinking of something in a different way, looking at the world around you in a different way. Maybe the words make you feel a certain way about yourself, your lover, your friend, your world.
There are no rules where you dream.
I can dream about the person I want to be. I can dream about the person I wish I was. I can dream about the person I am meant to be. All different, but so very similar.
There are no rules where you dream.
I can daydream. I do daydream. There are no rules when I daydream. No one knows I’m doing it. Daydreaming of living in a different place, living in a different time, living in a different world.
There are no rules where you dream.
Sometimes, dreams take me back to times in my life I don’t want to remember. But there are no rules. I have to remember that – there are no rules. There are no rules that say I have torepeat my past mistakes, re-live my past tragedies, or feel the shame and guilt of those times.
There are no rules where you dream.
So, tell me. If there are no rules where you dream, what will you dream? Where will your dreams take you?
Remember, there are no rules where you dream.
I’m confused. I’m torn. I’m trying. I’m failing.
My girl moved out (again), yesterday. She was home for 6 days. She caused disruption, angst, turmoil, and a flood of emotions I can’t begin to describe. I say she caused it. That makes me feel guilty. Did she cause it or did her disorder cause it? Or is it both? How do I separate that? How do I separate her from her disorder? Can I separate it? As much as I tell her that she can’t let her disorder define her; I feel like that is what I am doing.
When I think of my girl, the first thing I think of, and feel is chaos. I no longer think of my little pink princess. I hate that.
How do I know when I have done enough for her? I don’t think I have. Should I be making appointments for her to psychiatrists and therapists? Should I be picking her up, taking her to appointments, watching her walk inside, waiting in the parking lot until she is finished and then take her back to him? Should I take her to another state? Will distance help? Should I stop working to care for her? How far do I go? How much is enough?
I feel myself breaking a bit more each day. I get annoyed at things I wouldn’t have a year ago. I don’t like it. I drink too much, and I eat too much. Why am I so weak? Why can’t I get a grip and control both? I need to feel in control of something. With everything else that is happening around me, why do I sabotage myself by doing things that I know are not healthy for me? Yes, the drinking makes me forget for a bit; makes me fake happy, makes it easier to pretend I’m okay. The food is my comfort, as fucked up as that is.
I’m not okay.
I AM NOT OKAY, but my girl is worse.
Even though I knew it would happen, I didn’t think it would be so soon. My girl is home, at least for now. She moved out March 9th. She called me crying and screaming on March 23rd. He had her cornered in the bathroom. She was sitting with her back against the tub, feet on the door, trying to hold the door shut. She begged me to get the phone that was once on my plan activated so she could let the phone he “bought” her at the apartment. I did. I must give a shout out to Verizon for their quick work and dealing with a frantic mom. Anyway, he eventually left to go to work. I stayed on the phone with her, she was packing her things, loading her car and coming home. When I felt she was stable enough I hung up with her (since I was at work), and we communicated through messages. I would check in, she told me she was getting things together. At one point I asked what was happening and she told me there was just a shooting right outside the apartment, at a high school across the street and there were officers everywhere, the school was being evacuated, etc. I checked the local news and sure enough, a 17-year-old was shot dead in a park next to the high school. She used this as an excuse not to be able to leave. I checked in with her again, now she told me she talked to him on the phone and how it was all just a miscommunication on her part, and they were communicating really well now, and he was finally understanding what her thoughts were and how she feels, blah, blah, blah. So, she did not leave.
On March 24th, me and my husband left for Florida for a family party. She did not go. I do not have to explain why. But I was scared shitless that while we were away something would happen. I chatted with her a few times, and she seemed okay.
We returned the evening of March 28th. On March 29th it was back to work. I received a call from her at 8:01 AM. She was crying, screaming, and yelling. I heard him in the background screaming at her. She was begging me to help her, to call someone in the family to come and help her get her stuff and get out. While she was on the phone, I called my middle son and asked if he could go to her. He said yes. I called my husband and told him to get on the road and get to her, which he did. Both asked if they should stop and get their handguns. I said no. Although, drippy dick is known to carry illegally (shocking). I stayed on the phone with her, he eventually went outside, and she was able to get to her car and leave, without any of her things, including her cat. I told her to stop using the phone that was on his plan, the same phone he was screaming at her for using and he was threatening to call the cops and have her arrested for theft. I told her to let him call the cops. (He has multiple charges that he hasn’t responded to, which means he has active warrants. But I did not tell her that.) I had her drive to a public place and told her to wait there for her brother and dad. I hung up with her. She called back a few minutes later the “old” phone and told me that she drove back to the apartment, reset the phone he “bought” her, and she threw it in the back yard. All this was apparently witnessed by drippy’s Uncle who lives in the same house, different apartment. That was the first I heard about that.
So, her rescuers get there. They all drive to the apartment and get everything possible loaded into the three cars and drive her home. The home that now has her room cleaned out. No carpet because it was destroyed by her. No bed because she took the bedframe and box spring when she moved in with drippy. No dresser because she took that as well. We had started to redo a room for our grandkids and were using her old room to store things.
I get home from work, call an order in for food and leave to go pick up food and get groceries since we were away and needed the basics. Got home, ate, put groceries away and started moving shit around to make room for an air mattress, her cat, the cat box and all her shit that had been taken out of the house. I now have her clothing hampers all over my downstairs because there isn’t any place to put it.
I tried talking to her briefly about drippy and the situation, however she stopped me very abruptly and got nasty. I stopped. I knew if I started on her, I would not be able to control what I said.
This morning, me and the hubby get up as usual to go to work. After being at work for a few hours I sent her a message and asked how she was. She said OKAY. I asked if she talked to him and she said yes, they messaged on Snap Chat. He told her that he slept in his car at his mom’s house because the apartment was so empty without her and her stuff. Really, dickhead? I told her it was yet another one of his games. She didn’t say much to that.
My prediction is she will go back to him. We will then need to decide what we are willing to live with. We cannot keep living like this. Do we kick her out completely? Tell her if she goes back, we will not be able to rescue her again? Tell her we will rescue her, but she has to find somewhere else to live? What is right? What is kinda right? She needs fucking help. So fucking bad. She would not agree to committing herself to give her mind and body a break. She is thin, too thin. Is there more happening than we know? Probably. It scares me. She scares me. He scares me. Together they are toxic.
Here we are, again. No closer to having answers or helping our daughter.
On the days when you feel sad and unhappy with the world
Let me be your light
On the days when your best just doesn’t feel good enough
Let me be your light
On the days when you don’t want to get out of bed
Let me be your light
On the days when you question everything
Let me be your light
On the days when you feel like giving up
Let me be your light
On the days when you seek comfort in the darkness
Let me be your light
Let my light guide you back to me, back to love
Let my light help you find your way home
Let my light be your beacon
I never thought it would happen this way. I never thought my girl would move out to be with drippy dick. To be with the person who mentally, emotionally, and physically abuses her. But she did. It happened today. She told us last night. I haven’t let it soak in yet. I took a sleeping pill last night, so my mind didn’t go berserk. Wrong way to handle it, I know. Ironic thing is, a few nights ago – I believe it was Sunday night into Monday – I had constant nightmares about my girl and drippy dick. I was fighting to keep her; he was fighting to take her from me. My nightmare came true. And I hate it. I HATE IT. I HATE IT. I FUCKING HATE IT. How did this happen? How is this the life she wants? When she told us, I asked if she was sure. I told her I am scared for her mental and physical wellbeing. I told her she needs to do what is right for her. I told her I will always love her. My door will always be open, my light will always be on.