Today is my first Thanksgiving without my husband. I’m having a very hard time finding anything to be thankful for even though I know in my heart I should be grateful for the life I have.
I still don’t sleep well. I tend to wander the house at night. I sleep a few hours in my bed, sleep a few hours in the living room and then a few hours in the family room. I’m most comfortable in the family room because I feel John is in there. It is the room where he died. I curl up on the sofa and pretend he is still there in his hospital bed. I think I will do better when I return to Florida. It is less stressful there for me.
My son Adam made his first Thanksgiving dinner yesterday. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, squash, steamed veggies and a yummy creme brulee for dessert. My daughter Amanda came with her husband and we all enjoyed the meal. Everyone seemed to avoid the topic of John but he was never far from us. Tomorrow I’m going to another daughter’s house to celebrate again. But this celebration is really difficult for me. I know I have to be strong for them but it is really difficult.
A good friend of mine called today to tell me he was thinking of me. He said that he knows it is hard experiencing “firsts” without John. He’s right. But I think I’m going to miss John every day of the rest of my life.
I have been thinking though that John would be upset with me if he knew I was still feeling this way. John always wanted my happiness before his. I’m going to work hard at being more social and getting my feet back on the ground. I spend too many days feeling lost and empty. I don’t want my life to be wasted. I still have time left to do some good in this world and make my mark. I’m going to try and be more positive and find my way.
I have been working on clients year ends lately and I want to get them all finished so I can clear my mind when I go down south. I don’t want to take work down there with me. So for the next week I’m going to keep my nose to the grindstone and get it all done!