Take Remember Road

Three weeks today.

I’m numb and cold this morning. I feel like I’ve been wondering in circles, looking everywhere for a road that leads to Brody.

There is no road to Brody. There is no road to what we once had. But I don’t want to go anywhere else. How do I move forward when there is no road?

I asked God last night what I need to do to be happy again.

God said: Remember.

That’s a terrible answer, I replied. I want a different one.

So, God said: You can’t forget.

But God, do you know how much it hurts to remember?, I asked. DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH IT HURTS?!!

And God answered: Yes.

Brody is worthy of being remembered, I know this. And of course, I really do want to remember every little thing about him that I possibly can. But I also don’t feel strong enough to remember. I haven’t found a way to remember – to feel the love I have for him – without wanting my heart to stop beating.

When I watch the video of Bryson and Brody sitting together on the couch, Brody in a fuzzy blue sleeper, Bryson reading him his favourite book – I see Brody’s sweet face follow along with each page, I see the way they love each other… and I absolutely can’t cope.

When I go in Brody’s room and see a closet full of clothes he used to wear, toys he explored and the books I would read him, when I see his crib and his stuffed pooh bear with the crinkly ears he loved to play with… I want to light it all on fire.

I have no peace in those moments. I have no peace when I remember. But that is what I need to do – the most excruciating thing – in order to heal.

Somehow, God will lead me to a place where I can remember Brody, embrace my love for Brody, and still have peace.

That sounds impossible. The remember road looks to me like pain unending. But I have to try. I don’t want to follow fear’s voice. I don’t want to go down the road of guilt and shame. So I will choose to follow God’s voice, however unbearable. I’m desperate. I can’t stay here. I really need somewhere to go.

One Reply to “Take Remember Road”

  1. Every time I am doing bed-time prayer with Grayson I always thank God for taking care of Brody in heaven because I also want to remember and want him to be remembered by Grayson. I wish I had more memories of being Brody’s uncle but I cherish the ones I have and will always remember.

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