It’s been three years since Paul died so suddenly; so unexpectedly. Some days I can’t believe that he’s gone. Some days I struggle with comprehending the fact that I lost the most important person in my life. It just seems so unfair; so wrong.
I still struggle with grief some days. The loneliness and sadness encompass me and I can’t move from the pain. Although thankfully, those days don’t come as often as they once did and I have learned how to manage my grief; how to survive it.
I am now in a place where I can imagine a happy future most days. I can imagine laughing and smiling; feeling safe and secure; even feeling good about myself again. (And oftentimes I don’t need to imagine because I am actually happy quite often and I laugh and smile most days, too!)
But, no matter how happy I am, or I can imagine myself being, I still miss Paul. I miss his smile and his laugh. I miss conversations (and fights) with him. I miss curling up on the couch with him in the evenings and waking up next to him in the mornings. I miss holding his hand. I miss the kisses and the hugs. I miss having to hide the chocolate (and the peanut butter) and I miss checking ingredient lists for contraband (he was a vegetarian). I even miss him getting frustrated with me for not making mashed potatoes the right way.
Really, I just miss Paul. All of him. I always will…