A small step towards healing a huge hurt… and it starts with this. And being able to listen to events take place at a school – and hearing a story that bears similar wounds as my own.
And being able to respond with these words.
And my heart.
And to those who have been here, or are here, or heaven forbid will find themselves here…
This, for the parent. This, to help you.
This, for you.
Your world has been turned on its axis. The ground has slipped away into a black hole beneath your feet and you aren’t sure if solid ground is ever really coming back. Every cog in your brain is turning at full speed to try to make sense out of something, to try to put reason into this situation, and to most likely attempt to justify by denial that this is actually happening.
And yeah, I’ve been there. And those worse case scenarios that your parent mind plays out, one of those may have come about in your own household, and every single fiber of your love-strong-sacrifice-ridden-bleeding heart is being torn into one. thousand. million. pieces.
And I try to imagine what that must be like. And you are trying to wrap your understanding around this, and trying to see how a man who earned your trust (and dare I say your love) so easily- effortlessly even- could be capable of doing harm to one of your own…. It is inconceivable.
Oh, dear friend, my heart aches- because, true as that may be, it doesn’t mean that it’s impossible.
And so as you sit and read this, or listen to this, you may be trying to take the next step in this horrendous ordeal, and you may very well be asking yourself, “What do I say to my child? How do I talk to them? How do they talk to me?” And I get it. It’s uncomfortable. It may make your stomach knot, your hands shake, and your mind turn to blank slate status.
(And that’s why I’m sitting at my table amidst chaos of child crazy to write this to you.)
Because at this point you most likely know the statistics, and you are probably going through all the “would’ve,” “should’ve,” and “could haves” that go Speed Racer through your thoughts. As it becomes more real you’ll look for blame and you’ll feel white hot anger that seers your blood and scares your soul.
And what about your child?
And, like I’ve said, I’ve been there.
Not where you are.
But where they are…
And maybe you need this tonight…
Dear mom, dear dad, dear guardian,
A surge of emotions is coursing through this hormonal crazed body of mine – and adding to all of the thoughts and doubts and uncertainties that this world is already hurtling at me faster than I can sort through and swallow.
Shame flushes my cheeks and quiets my voice, and trust is something so broken within me I can’t speak a word even if I could somehow make sense of it all.
So here I am looking to you.
And you may go meet with a counselor and urge me to do the same- because suddenly so much has started to make some sort of sense to you- and I’m glad you are taking this seriously.
and it means so much to this battered and bruised heart of mine that you care enough to pursue all out the best way to handle my brokenness.
but going to see a stranger scares me right to hollow depths, because I can’t trust a single new face right now.
But I trust you.
The embarrassment brings shame, and there are things this child-growing-into-adult body of mine should still be ignorant of. And now I wish it was. But I can’t tell you that– I see the fear written plain across your face, and I know you feel hurt by a man you welcomed into your heart (and possibly our home.)
I wish you knew, despite whatever words are in my mouth, that I don’t blame you.
I need you to know that I am scared right to my core that you blame me. – And that this weighs elephant-heavy on my chest and crushes me right through.
Can you tell me honestly that the fault here is not mine? Not in any part?
Can you just hold me close when words fail you?
Don’t act like nothing has happened and that this is something to sweep under the rug- because I need to know that when I’m ready, whenever that may be, that I can talk to you.
That you aren’t afraid to hear me.
That you want to talk to me.- yeah, that. I need to know that.
Will you listen to me when I don’t speak a sound?
Invest in time with me and give me the opportunity to come to you?
Will you let me know that however much you may have cared for him, you care for me infinitely and un-matchedly more?
I’m sorry I can’t say everything right now. There’s too much I can’t put into words, and the flush in my cheeks and the fire in my veins (those flames of hate), makes it so I can’t say everything I need to.
But sometime…. Sometime I want to talk to you about all of this.
But I see you are hurting. And I know your confusion. And I am child born from your flesh and the whole of my being aches right raw to think of causing you pain by telling you all there is to tell.
I am the child you bounced on your knee.
You curled my hair. And read me stories. We sang songs and laughed and we have caused each other hurts.
But this? This is hard to tell. For this will be deep sorrow that will stain profound.
This will cause you pain, and I can’t say sorry at the end of it. There’s nothing for me to apologize for. I’m not used to sharing a pain with you and for there to be no fix.
But maybe we could walk through this together?
And don’t allow me to be complacent and victimize myself, but help me to move past this time. And make sure you continue to move through this time as well.
But don’t forget that this is now a part of my story, and this will shape who I become. And don’t worry, it will be good.
And yes, I will need counseling. A lot of it. And you can help. My certificate of birth you were given by the nurse the day you labored hard and bore me into this world licenses you to do just that. You can help counsel my heart and mind and bring me to a place where I can trust.
But here’s the most important thing, and it will be so hard for you to do.
Abandon yourself at the Cross. And open yourself entirely to Him. He has a plan in all of this. Point me to Him, while kneeling right alongside of me…
And let us find Peace,
And Seek Joy
Together and for each other.