It’s a little surreal for me being back in Massachusetts. It’s been awhile since I’ve been here. 6-7 years I think? But nearly 10 years since it was with my whole family.
The last time we were all here together, we were ALL HERE. TOGETHER. As a single unit. And things were kind of sort of absolutely totally miserable, I was so unhappy. So unhappy. Insane from the unhappiness. Things were so dire that I packed us up, almost on a whim, and moved back to the hellscape that is Arizona.
It wasn’t Massachusetts that made me unhappy. My misery was G. My misery was who he was turning me into. My misery was me.
I’ll never know if I made the right decision. Things got so much worse, before they got better. And who knows how different things could have been, if he had just been decent. I try not think about it, about all that once was. all that was lost. And I usually do okay, most of the time. It’s easier in CO. It’s easier to dismiss and forget. To resent. To simmer in the bitterness. To let go. To hate him. To just move on.
But here, the past surrounds me. everything comes rushing back. like I’ve turned on a faucet. So much of this place is woven into the fabric of my world, stitched into my skin like scars.
Here, I let the memories flood my brain and body. I’m seeing it, I’m breathing it, I’m hearing it, I’m smelling it. All the good, all the bad, everything in between.
Here, I almost like him again. his frenetic energy, his twitchy anxiety. It doesn’t stress me out, because this is where it belongs
Here, everything feels familiar and warm again. Simple. Natural. I walked off the plane and felt every fiber in my being sigh with pleasure, every nerve relax. Sure sure it’s because I am on vacation from the day to day of my ordinary life. But it’s something else, too, something more.
Because some places, no matter what has happened, some places just hold your heart.
It makes me sad and nostalgic and lonely. It disorients me. I’m in a daze. A hazy daze. I want to stay here, to never go back, to settle deep into this place and let it drown me.
I’ve got another week here, most of it by myself, as my little family will soon separate, one boy going home to CO, the other staying behind for a few weeks. And me, lost in limbo, somewhere between then and now, stumbling to find my way to a truth I can accept.