The exit from the break – Breakxit.
Well, it was a break. I should count us grateful for that at least. So, what was it this time? A month? Maybe less, as I did receive a bill from my attorney during that time. YES, I continue to pay for current services, not catching up from past legal fees.
Current attorney services include the bi-weekly review of the weekly updates that I continue to provide to MrexH (week #122). Occasionally her reviews include some contact with the court-ordered Parenting Coordinator. While my attorney always records her time spent on my (closed but precarious) case, in almost every invoice, she marks up to half of that time as “NO CHARGE.” She has an amazing amount of quiet compassion. It was truly a life-saving blessing that I made it into her office in April 2014.
I was sitting in the secret parking lot of our local domestic violence shelter, shaking uncontrollably, completely at a loss for what my next step should be. SonHerisme was safely in another location unknown to MrexH, and I phoned a friend who had previously worked at the shelter. I needed to know where to go next, what to do, who was safe to speak to etc. This friend patiently listened to me for a brief moment, then interrupted to instruct me to get out a piece of paper and pen. She gave me the name of an attorney and her phone number. She told me to hang up with her and before I did anything else or drove anywhere, to immediately phone this attorney and make an appointment. Thankfully, I did. Because this friend is typically an uber empathetic compassionate listener, I think that her abrupt interruption of my massive anxiety dump, shocked me into action and I made the call.
I am forever grateful to her.
I am forever grateful to all of my friends and bystanders who offered a listening ear, patience, and support as they were able to do so.
I am forever grateful to my attorney. If I could pay her twice the amount I have, I would. She deserves it and so much more.
I am forever grateful to our local Sheriff’s Department Victims Services Coordinator.
I am forever grateful to our court-ordered Parenting Coordinator.
I am forever grateful to Master, now Judge, S.
I am forever grateful to all of those people who work to support and guide victims of domestic violence.
This week, I received a letter MrexH sent to SonHerisme through the court-ordered Parenting Coordinator. This was a months ago discussed plan of action come to fruition.
SonHerisme and MrexH have not had contact since 2014.
Ironically at the beginning of all of our legal entanglements, letter writing was what I suggested. The idea was dismissed as ridiculous and I was labled “overprotective and full of misplaced anxiety.” Yet here we are four years later…
MrexH’s letter is borderline illegible due to his illnesses. The words seem appropriate enough to share with SonHerisme. And I will do so, with the guidance and support of multiple therapists for both of us.
And so the spiral begins again.
The guilt over MrexH being so ill, the consequences of his illnesses that I did not extricate from earlier, and the part I played in bringing that into SonHerisme’s life.
Assuming the role of Destroyer of Fun, Destroyer of Sense of Security to SonHerisme.
Numbing, falling into the overall guilt hell-hole, followed by the trenches of depression, climbing up with resignation to the reality, slipping into guilt hell-hole a few more times until making it out for a while, and onward.
It is exhausting.
I am exhausted.
The break was an illusion, I realize that. I feel SO much guilt and pain over any pain MrexH may be feeling, but recognize that I cannot afford to compromise our health/safety/lives over that, what must therefore be, misplaced guilt.
And so, I eat a small bowl of peppery vege-broth rice.
I take a moment to look at the Met Gala costumes and wonder about the details of construction, the feel of the fabrics and embellishments, the artistic minds of those creators and wearers.
I sit or walk outside for a few minutes and listen to things growing and being alive.
I take SonHerisme to and from school, to and from activities, to and from friends, to and from appointments.
I take my mother to and from appointments, change her bandages, help her with daily tasks.
I cook breakfast, lunch, dinner.
I clean the house (poorly), I launder the things needing laundered, I pay the bills needing payed.
I prepare food for my mother’s two little dogs and feed them twice a day, take them to and from appointments, give them outdoor time etc.
I continue to do all of the things that need doing.
I breathe. I move. I exist.
I try to keep going and I call it life.
Love, Ms. Herisme xoxo
psst… I’m outside trying to let the magic replace the guilt. I hope it works!