I am having an identity crisis. I have always been fairly confidant in who I am. And I always identified with being something or belonging some where. I began my first dance class when I was two years old – and being such a young toddler, I quickly identified with being a ballerina. I wasn’t, of course, but when you are a two-year old and have a tutu and attend a class wearing ballet slippers, you are a ballerina. At Orchard Avenue Elementary School, I was precise in forming my letters in my Big Chief tablet and took my school work very seriously. And I quickly identified with being the good girl in school. Later on, I was a Brownie Scout, a babysitter, an Honor Student, a Girl Scout and a Jobs Daughter. I was a little sister and a big sister and a best friend and a girlfriend. I was a graduate and then a wife and shortly after, a mommy.
It all seemed to happen so quickly. I was a mother of the groom and a grandma and an empty nester and still, a wife. I was a senior and a caregiver and still, a wife. Since the age of nineteen, I was always a wife. Until one day, I wasn’t.
Every night, I rest my hand on your side of the bed, waiting for you to wrap my hand in yours. And every day, I glance up, expecting to see your face and hear your voice. Every morning I awake and go over your schedule in my mind. And every afternoon, I think of something I want to share with you. And every night, every day, every morning and every afternoon is like the one before – empty of the laughter and secret thoughts that we shared.
I wait. I wait and wish for our life back. And it doesn’t come.