This last month or so has been rough,
It has also been enlightening.
I see now that I am still living under the threats of another person.
I'm not quite sure how I am going to deal with this person yet,
or shift my perspective to make them powerless over me...
But at least I am aware of it.
My child support has been cut in half so I'm fucking broke,
Which means I'm working way more hours,
Which has me spending less time with my kids,
Which makes me fear this threat even more.
Not to mention the mother guilt.
I started dating again, so naturally, the nightmares started again too.
I saw him. My knees buckled, my throat tightened and my hands shook.
I was a wreck for the next three days.
I'm brittle and cracking a little,
But a wise man once said,
That's how the light gets in
I looked in the mirror and I saw a beautiful woman.
I looked in the mirror and I saw my mother.
I miss my friends.
I have friends I love enough to miss.
There is light at the end of the financial tunnel.
5 more weeks.
I am learning that not all problems need to be faced head on.
That there are gentler ways.
Lying can be okay.
Black and white and grey.
It's all in the tone.
I almost cried at work,
Pricing books I read to my toddlers,
When the future looked so different
And I always thought I'd keep them safe.