Friday, November 18, 2011
Since the approach worked so well for New Years, and even our wedding anniversary I figured a little proactive distraction would be perfect for this first year anniversary. I really didn't want to face being in our home, where he died on the day he died. It seems a little overwhelming for me. In addition family holidays are not the same. Not only has Jonathan left a hole, but out of the 8 family members that were regulars, 4 have passed away in the past 2 years, including my sister last spring. So the 4 of us staring at each other, with empty spots at the table just isn't appealing. Its time to start making some new traditions.
Our new Thanksgiving tradition is skip town and head to the Caribbean. That's right, this year I will be sailing aboard a cruise ship over Thanksgiving. I anticipate this will help me to walk through the first anniversary a little easier. In no way to expect it to take the hurt, pain, or sadness away from the anniversary date. I know I will still feel those things. Perhaps my parents and I will have a conversation about him. Maybe I will order steak that night in his memory, or even play a hand of texas hold 'em in his honor. I am sure in some way I'm going to commemorate the day. But having somethings to look forward to, instead of dread, are going to make the day bearable.
I hope that as I venture on this trip that I will remember him. I hope that I will be able to, for a moment, forget the hurt, pain and frustration of the last few years and remember a different man and a different time. I want to remember how in love we were on that first cruise. I need to recall the fun adventures we found on the ship. I think that I need to remember those times. I believe it is part of my healing.
I believe that God has a plan for this trip, and He has healing on His mind. I know He is going to get me through the anniversary day, and it is going be beautiful. Instead of sitting home and inviting overwhelming grief, we are going to be walking the sand beaches of Mexico. We are going to be reflecting on this past year. We are going to be remembering Jonathan. We are going to be sad. But we will be together. And we will be okay!