"Raven, you wouldn't know a guy was into you even if he got on his knees to propose." Scott says to me as he rolls his eyes and sips his coffee. I ponder this statement, analyze from all angles. Scott would know, he has been my best friend for years, and always has a way of putting me in my place. Yet, this one, I will admit stings a little.
I act indifferent because my knowledge of truth is fucked up. When those who are supposed to be the ones you trust with all your heart, lie to you, what are you supposed to believe? You have to know what is real, and what is fiction. Being me, reality is a messed up state of mind. You believe one thing and get slammed with another. Truth is fleeting in my world. That may be why I cling to fiction so well. That is the only truth I know. With every word printed on a page, never changing, always the same. That is trust! Words that speak to my soul and open windows of my imagination, words that are like a baby's safety blanket. I can read "Alice in Wonderland" a hundred times, and the story is still the same. Consistency, I can trust this. The male species? Now that is a whole other can of worms.
I seem to have a view that is off of the norm. Sure I have guy friends, like Scott, and it is always the same, they are friends and that's it. To become romantically involved would be dare I say, a taboo? It is hard to decipher what one person wants. Being subtle never works on me, because if you don't tell me flat out, where I can look into your eyes and know you are telling the truth, I take it with a grain of salt.
This probably hails from years of being taunted and tormented by guys who thought it was funny to ask out the fat chick at school. Little did they know the effect of their actions.
Truth is in the eye of the beholder and that only lasts for a few seconds.
Lost Little Girl Part 2
Another day, another drama. I wake up and it is all about her. Do I have time for myself? What does that even mean anymore? I can't remember the last time I got dolled up for a night out amongst friends. Why? They quit inviting. I can't blame them really. When every time I plan to go, some kind of drama happens. So instead, I just say no thank you from the get go. It was exhausting trying to plan, and making sure my things fit around her schedule. How in the world will I ever get ahead?
I do have some solace. I like to call it TV series therapy. Late at night, when the house is finally quiet, I can sit down and try to watch an old TV series and get lost in the characters. Sad to say, they become my friends in a way. I escape, even if it is just an hour or so at a time. I forget what is really happening. I forget about the abyss I have submerged myself into. I forget most of all, that I am hiding. It is what I do best.
Blending in and becoming a chameleon is probably my best asset. Why? When you blend, and don't stand out, no one asks questions. No one pries into your private life. No questions, no awkward details. I mean seriously, dealing with the demise of an addict is not on a person's top ten discussion list.
I do keep searching, trying to figure it out. Where is the light at the end of this tunnel? How can I emerge unscathed? The answer is simple.
I won't. One way or another, this has become a part of who I am, and who I am to become. Now if I could only figure out who exactly that is. I often tell myself, "Raven it could be worse. Think if you were born in a third world country." It is true.
Yet still the tightness in my chest, when I see the remnants of her use, reminds me otherwise. I just shake my head, shed a silent tear, if I say what I find, its a fight.
I think it is time for another episode of Buffy, or Angel, I need to see how they are tonight.
Lost Little Girl Part 1
Here is a new story I am sharing with all of you. Graphic words and material may be written here. Please be advised.
I slowly open my door, I tiptoe into the kitchen, find a clean cup or bowl or whatever will hold my cereal. I carefully pour my milk and I sit down with my TV tray in front of the old fashioned television set. I have to be very very quiet, I tell myself. I don't want to wake mommy. She is "sick" and will get mad if I do. I tiptoe into her room, yes she is home, asleep, and breathing. Whew we made it through another night. Now back to my cartoons.
At 34, you would think this scenario would never have to play in my head again. Unfortunately for me, it is a daily recurrence. As hard as I wish, and as much as I try not to be bothered by the same events, the harder it is for me to let go. This memory should just haunt me, right? I should be over this type of thing?
Impossible. Not going to happen, I have tried, and contemplated, I have yelled and cried, I spoke with intelligence and logic, but nothing changes. Same selfish acts, same selfish mother. People may see this and scream how dare you! Do you know how lucky you are to still have her in your life? Do you know you should show respect?
All I can say in response is, walk in my shoes, see what I see, and then we will talk. Wake up every morning, tiptoe into her room, check if she is breathing. Stay awake at night when she has disappeared. Or better yet wait for the call from the hospital saying she has been admitted because she was too fucking high to get back home.
Then, I welcome all comments and concerns. As hard as it is to say this, and as hard as it is to admit, I need to. Release this secret from upon my chest. Set it free, to fly in the wind. Let go, so I can stop choking on the truth. So I can stop pretending it will be alright. Most of all find out who I really am, besides a series of built up lies and made up stories of how wonderful, I imagined it would be to just be normal. That my friends was never going to be a part of my story. Much less a part of my life.
So I keep beating around the bush. Okay, breath, here it goes. My name is Raven Jackson and my mother is an addict.
Whew, there I said it, clear and honest. Now do I get a pin or something for sharing?