Wednesday, January 14, 2009

"I just happened to be nowhere near your neighborhood."

I am loving that one of the teachers at Finnian's school asked me today if we were from Europe. I said no and reminded her that it was Joe who was from the UK.
She kept talking and said:
"Well you all have this flair about you. I just thought you were from Europe."

I laughed and realized wearing the minibar key I found in my handbag as a necklace probably would give me personal interactions as such in any Presbyterian church preschool.

I was thinking about the drink today when I made this little talisman. I actually made it for my friend. My alcoholic friend. The same friend I have written about numerous times on this space because writing it down sometimes makes it shape shift and change into a sad reality I can see and deal with. I would give it to her to wear as she walks the world, a kind of friendship powered Antabuse.

I have not seen her since two days before Christmas when I told her I would not see her anymore if she is drinking. She has left her apartment and her son is with her parents and my gut tells me bad things. We are all fragile. It starts with the wide anterior fontanel and when that closes a small part of our chest wall must open and let our back heart peek out a bit.
I know what a heart is.
It is the muscular rhythmic organ that keeps us here, but it also has a back part to it I am sure.
A part way behind the chambers that holds our pain and our passion.Why else would it hurt so much inside of there?

I pretend sometimes that she must be experiencing a fugue state. It makes more sense to me. Perhaps I am the one experiencing the fugue as I close my eyes and see us 18 again and clear eyed. I see us on the precipice of everything our heart desires. I see us whole.
I am the one dissociating because years later the fucking truth is so by the grace of God go us all. There is no rhythmic order to this disease that is slowly killing my friend.

And my back heart is bleeding.

title post- Singles 1992

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Kate Coveny Hood said...

This is one of the hardest things about growing up. When we're younger we really believe that our love and support can change people. And we maintain toxic relationships based on hope and fairy dust. Then we become jaded and start employing ultimatums. But that part of us that still believes in fairies suffers everytime someone lives up to our newly lowered expectations. Sometimes I really want to be 15 again so I can just climb into my childhood bed with a copy of Anne of Green Gables....

avesta said...

Hi Amy...just wanna say that I love you.

Rowena said...

I know that back heart pain, and I think the only way to heal it is to feel it.

Maybe your friend thinks the booze numbs the back heart pain, so she doesn't have to feel it... but if she doesn't, it never heals and she just keeps on bleeding.

Goodluck to you and to her.

Amber said...

I never understood why my love for my son was not enough for him to save himself from the life he had chosen. The truth is, our love is enough. Everyone walks their own path. It hurts. Us or them more? I don't know.

I pray for love, peace and joy in life for my children. All you can do is your best each moment as her friend.

Be blessed, you are not alone.

Momo Fali said...

I am sorry. Alcoholism is a devastating disease. I hope, someday, she can be cured.

Poppy and Mei said...

Hang in there sweets, it'll come good...XXxx.

Jennifer, Playgroups Are No Place For Children said...

I hope your friend will read this.

Grumble Girl said...

Oh dear lady, I am experiencing something identical right now... and I told my friend two years ago that we couldn't be friends in the same way anymore until she was ready to get sober... it's been one big sh*tshow since then, with her four lovely children just trying to survive her madness in the mix... my heart is broken. Her husband passed of the same disease almost three years ago now, and the spiral effect has been wretched to watch. I feel so helpless.

She will die from this thing. Soon. I'm sick about it, but there is nothing I can do but love her children. :(

This was a terrific post - thanks for writing it.


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