We spoke today for the first time since we parted ways.
Your voice sounded smooth- rich and velvety as it always has- but it sounded younger today.
Your deep, southern drawl and slow pace of speech made the words bend and last forever.
Oh, how I’ve missed your voice.
I miss the comfort within each drawn out syllable.
I missed the way it danced on the drums of my ears sending my heart into a frantic rhythmic beat.
I miss the kindness behind each well thought out sentence.
We agreed. We lingered.
And I let you go.
As I will have to do each morning when I wake thinking of your smile and each night when I go to sleep dreaming of your kiss.
Friends until the end.
Three weeks ago today, I walked out of your front door with two bags of clothes, my dog, and what tiny bit of dignity I had left.
I wish I could say that it was easy. I wish I could say that I am sure that this is what I want. I wish I could say that I will replace you. But I can’t say any of that just yet. So I won’t.
I can say that I am happier now. I don’t feel as mentally weighed now. I want to love myself now. I didn’t care to before.
Since we have parted ways, I have went to see my primary doctor and my therapist (which I haven’t seen either in three years prior), I have set up a full schedule of six classes (most taken yet) for the Fall semester (while maintaining my current 4.0), and I have gotten a part-time job. I haven’t found an apartment yet. I haven’t saved enough to make a move. But I am hopeful and trying.
I wonder how you are and how you have been. I want to talk to you so much that it makes the lump in my throat ache and the knot in my stomach swell. How do you feel being surrounded by me? All of my stuff is still strewn about your house. We haven’t spoken since two days after, when you said you were happier this way. We haven’t spoken of my things or when or where I will move them. I just don’t know yet. So we won’t talk until I do.
I am currently living with my mother for the first time since I was seventeen. I am sharing a room with my little sister. We are all getting along better than I ever expected. I am grateful. I am humbled. I am loved.
But I am also impatient. I want progress. I want to move forward. I want to be past this part, past this chapter where I am hurting. Growing pains, we will call them. I am ready to start loving myself. Where to begin?
I told myself I wouldn’t. I know that I shouldn’t. I am where I am supposed to be. I have been more productive in the last three weeks than I have been in the last three months. I finally feel free to be happy again. I finally don’t feel like a nagging bitch all the time. I feel useful and creative again.
So why do I miss you so much?
Why do I wish you would just call and say you were wrong.
Could you be wrong?
That isn’t possible, is it? For you to be wrong about being in love with someone?
You know when you can’t live without someone.
And you are.
And you are happy, I suppose.
I should be, too.
So why am I not?
Brain, please don’t dream of him tonight. Eyes, please don’t search for him tonight. Arms, please don’t reach for him tonight. Heart, please don’t hurt for him tonight.