I’ve been wandering the woods
with messy hair
sipping cold coffee
thinking about what to make for dinner
and budgeting in my head
for car repairs,
the leaky water heater . . .
I’ve been sharing everything about life that amazes me
with my children.
I want them to feel that amazement in their souls
and always know where to look for joy.
I’ve been awake a lot.
But not exactly awake.
I’ve been setting up the art table
and cleaning up the art table
folding and putting away the dress up clothes
switching out the six month clothes for the nine month,
the nine month clothes for the twelve month, the twelve
for the eighteen . . .
I’ve been making bread
making play dough
with my wild child and my sweet baby boys.
I’ve been walking into the wind
that is grief.
Wearing myself out wishing
for isn’t and can’t.
I’ve been waiting to shower until the next day
or the next
until the boys are napping
to brush my teeth
to start prep for dinner
to get the laundry started or folded or sorted
or at least kicked into one corner of the bathroom.
I’ve been waiting
for everyone to fall asleep
so I can fall asleep.
I’ve been so very sad and so very tired.
Having lost and left more in the last four years
than the thirty-two prior to that combined.
And I don’t know what this next year holds
If it will be better or worse
a respite or another rip tide
I feel strong today
stronger than I’ve felt in a long time.