It was over onions in the food. I normally cook 2 portions of dinner: one without onions, one with. But tonight… I just forgot. Blame the exhaustion. No big deal as the boy is allowed to pick out the onions, which he does when he happens to eat other people’s meals. Just tonight… it did not go over well. Anger came at me, a foul mouth, the looks and then finally the laughter indicating this was some sort of mean game and as if going ‘Nahnah nahnahnahhhhh’. It was bad enough that, after the warnings of course, I took away the one thing most important to him… basketball. And the light went out. Screaming, yelling, kicking furniture and doors, throwing things around. And I let him. I knew whatever was in there had to come out. He had to sink deep. And he sunk deep to his broken truth. Yelling the ugliest words ever. Accept, I knew they were not for me. The screams were no longer screams, they now came from the top of his lungs. Running out the door, coming back in, going around in circles showing whatever he was feeling, it was too much to bear. The cries were no longer just cries, they now came from the pit of his stomach.
Our other boy was now affected. How can one handle seeing his brother suffer and not be affected by it? Well, not our boys. They are ‘too’ connected, they care ‘too’ much. Though separated at some point, the bond between them never faded. It probably got stronger because of it. So now this boy cries the same tears as he begging-ly looks at me: ‘Do something! Please do something!’ But I can’t, not in the way he is hoping for. So I hold, I just hold. And I speak the words that come to me.
I go back to our other boy. It’s time to calm him down and help him out of this war. I walk towards him, I try to have the gentlest eyes ever, and he runs into my arms, holds me so tightly crying “Mom, mom, mom.” And he chants: ‘I am so sorry, so sorry, so so sorry.” I repeat over and over again that he will be ok, that we will be ok. After a bit I bring the boys together in a room and honestly, I am empty. What else can I do? How can I make sure healing takes place? I hold one boy, or two. We even hold one another. I pray silently. And as I pray I hear a song in my head: “Lord, I love doing this with you. How I love doing this with you!” And as I praise God with that sentence, I realize healing IS taking place.
This journey is so draining, so painful. So very difficult. I even tell the people around us that our life is no fun right now. It really isn’t. We wrestle through each week and keep telling ourselves that a year from now, we will be in a better place. But how amazing, in the midst of ugly truth and lives broken, I see God. And my prayer is that we will be in a better place around this time next year. That life will be back to having joy in it. But more so, I pray for our boy’s futures. How I long for them to pass on the healing they have received. How I hope they will not just go after good paying jobs, but instead truly understand the miracle in their lives and live to pass it on praising God saying: ‘Lord, I love doing this with you, I love doing this with you!’
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