It’s September 9th, 2014. Two years ago on September 9th it was the last time I had a conversation with Mike. It was a Sunday morning and I had just pulled into the driveway after going to church. The kids all got out of the car, except Brayden…he stayed in his car seat until I let him escape after my phone call. The conversation went pretty much the same as they all did at that point.
Him: “Wendy, I want to come home”, “Why are you doing this to us”, “The kids want me there”, “I love you”.
Me: “No”, “YOU did this”, “Course they want you here, they love you”, “I love you, too”….”Get sober and you can come home…like a year sober”.
Sometimes it ended there. That Sunday it got a little heated, not yelling and screaming heated, but I was angry. He wasn’t visiting. He wasn’t paying any support.
My last words? “If I wasn’t around, Brayden would just die in his crib, you are doing nothing to care for or support your son”. (Yes, pretty extreme, I know.)
His response? “I love you, Wendy”.
He hung up.
That was it.
I went about my day. Went to the grocery store just before dinner time. Upon leaving the grocery store…at the lights in front of what is now Domino’s…my phone rang. It was Alyssa. I answered and had to tell her to slow down because I couldn’t understand her. “Daddy’s at the hospital, he wasn’t breathing when they got there” she was finally able to get out enough for me to comprehend. She was referring to the ambulance and paramedics. That’s all I really recall of the conversation. I am sure I comforted her and said I’d be right there.
That sentence “Daddy’s at the hospital, he wasn’t breathing when they got there” was a chant that I heard over and over and over. All the way home. While I was home getting care for the kids. All the way to the hospital.
The rest of September 9th, 2012 was spent at the ICU…as well as the 10th…and we said goodbye on the 11th.
This is the second time I am recognizing this anniversary of the 9th, our last conversation. A hard pill to swallow when they are words like that.
It’s not easy, but it’s definitely easier. I am so thankful that I am in a much better place in my healing. I thank the person responsible for that on a regular basis.
We miss him and it hurts to know he can’t experience everything I get to about the kids growing and see all that they are doing. It’s hard know they won’t experience his goofiness or sense of humor anymore. We will just keep doing what we are doing and that’s continue to re-tell his funny stories and antics, keeping his spirit alive. That always brings smiles and laughter. Peace, Mike.