Sunday, December 28, 2008

It's the most ?wonderful? time of the year...

I didn't send out holiday cards this year. Just didn't feel like it. Figured that the annual letter would be pretty much a downer - "hi, had a shitty year, my daughter died. Happy Holidays!" (stick a pencil in my eye) I figured that those that knew about Shannon would probably understand, those that didn't would figure that we didn't care about cards this year and everyone else could just piss off. When I told my mom that I wasn't sending out cards, she said, and I kid you not, "who died?" And I looked at her and said "excuse me?" And then she said, "Oh, Shannon, sorry." Seriously, I cannot make this stuff up.

This Christmas was much harder than I thought it would be. A lot of tears, which I didn't expect. Tears at random TV stuff, tears at stupid holiday specials, tears at dumb music... Instead of thoughts of sugar plums dancing in my head, I re-lived my time in the hospital the day Shannon was born. And I remembered every second of how sad I was. And I really, really missed her alot. Correction - I really, really miss her alot.

I accept that I'll never be over this. I accept that there is an empty place in my heart, and an empty spot in my home, where my little girl should have been. I know that I am not the only mom who knew that, no matter how nice I made this holiday season for my living child, there was a member of our family missing. I didn't buy a special ornament, I'm still considering buying one when I go out today, maybe.

Even after the Thankgiving baby hit and run, my sister has gone incommunicado again, and my parents haven't mentioned a thing about her to me. Other than the holiday card deadbaby gaffe by my mom, there was no mention of Shannon by anyone in my family or my husband's family. It's all very surreal. It's like I spent my entire year down the rabbithole, and no-one even noticed that I was gone.

3 comments:

Never forgetting Gregory said...

I can't believe your mom made that comment. I'm sorry that nobody talked about Shannon and that everyone is just pretending she didn't exist. That sucks and hurts. I hope things start to look better soon with the holidays being over. Hugs.

Lynne said...

How is it even possible that your immediate family can behave that way? How can they act like Shannon never even existed? What are they going to do when your sister's baby is born? Deny that to your face too? I'm so sorry that the people who should be the most supportive, the most available shoulders and ears and arms for hugs, are actually complete and utter shits.

Sarah said...

So sorry that some of your family is being so insensitive. It has been almost 2 years since I lost Braden and I still am saddened around the holidays. I am thankful for Carson, but that doesn't change the fact that I will always grieve for Braden. You are in my thoughts and prayers.