I am facing a new reality. As I give my children the gift I wasn’t given I’m thankful and long for what they are given. But it’s not temporary. This grief will be forever. I thought it was because they are the ages of my orphanage years but as my son is exiting the age I was in there for, the emotions stay.
They have the freedom to cry, express any and every emotion, deny, be wild, have opinions, make mistakes, they have the freedom to repair with apologizing, any hours of the day and night for as long as they are ours.
As I grip this new reality I hold it lose in denial. Then day to day grief is heavier the more I push it back instead of allowing myself to process.
I play back the stage of my life of his age.
This is where my earliest memories lie. I’m adopted at this point experiencing my first Christmas and Easter. Saying my first words.
In todays emotions of my child being disappointed in the color bowl I was filled with a sense of grief. I’m able to recognize my irritation as masking my grief now as my children grow up I’ve noticed I’m not mad at them I’m longing.
Now that I’m accepting the grief for what it is this gives me freedom as well.
Freedom to give it to God. Freedom to be thankful and grieve over and over and over with each stage motherhood brings me.