I sit in the front seat of the car outside the vet clinic where I just dropped my baby boy off for xrays to rule out metastatic melanoma.
I feel the prickling behind my eyes and recognize it as fear. One step farther down the path from pain.
And I wonder, what if I stop at honoring the feeling and don't go so far as to name it?
What if I sit with this ache behind my eyes,
the heaviness in my chest?
How do I arrive at this point and not give in to the inertia that pushes me forward to the next?
How do I...?
I recognize my own tendency toward forward motion. Moving always. Through,
Even if it means moving into fear, panic, anxiety.
What will I do without this lovely boy?
The question flits into being.
I let it go.
Don't move past,
Sit with this moment in honor of my boy. This moment is all there is. It won't last forever but the least I can do is feel it while it's here and give it space.
And as I sit and breathe, floating in this moment, I discover a place of okay has opened up to me, offered itself, and I sit.