Me: Do we need to? I mean, you already know.
Me: I know, I just feel like I should be bigger or stronger or something by now.
Me: Okay. So, I’m afraid I’ll do everything I can to protect my family and it won’t be enough. I’m afraid of someone I love dying. I’m afraid the world won’t go back to what it was before. I’m afraid my life is always going to feel this unsettled.
Me: EVERYTHING ELSE.
Me: I said, “You’re okay! You’re okay! You’re okay! I’m here.”
Me: Because I wanted her to know that I was awake, and I heard her, and she didn’t have to be afraid until she reached the end of the dark hallway.
Me: *crying. Can we sit together awhile? Can we just sit here a minute before I go back to facing it all?
by: Becky Thompson