I’m in a contract tennis group that plays on Sunday evenings. It was the best night for me to play because I could count on Dan to be home to watch Alexander. Tonight was the first time I played with the group since early December. They all know what I’m going through so it was nice to not have to explain anything.
I couldn’t focus on playing. I don’t know why but I kept seeing Alexander lying motionless on the table at the hospital. I tried to always be there for Alexander and when he needed me the most, I was powerless to help him.
We long ago stopped our nightly use of a video monitor with Alexander. Our house is so open that we could hear Alexander from any of the rooms. We only used it if Dan and I were sitting in the backyard after putting him to bed. Since Alexander’s passing, I’ve found out about Angel Care monitors. Unlike the video monitors, these movement monitors alert parents when their child stops moving for 20 seconds. If only I’d known about them before our tragedy. There is no guarantee Alexander would still be here with us if we’d had one of these monitors but at least, we would have been able to get help for him sooner.
I was supposed to be at a conference this week. Instead of Dan and Alexander coming to pick me up from the airport this morning, Dan and I went to Michael’s to find a Valentine’s wreath for Alexander’s grave. Our favorite floral designer, Brenda ,was working and she was able to help us put together a small bouquet as well. I would have much preferred spending today enjoying the beautiful weather hanging out in the park with Dan and Alexander.
With wreath and bouquet in hand, Dan and I stopped for lunch before heading back to Trenton. The food was fine but it was hard looking around the room and seeing kids at various ages and thinking about the future we’re going to miss having with Alexander. No Sunday afternoon lunch with his parents telling us about what’s going on at school. No teenage dates. No hanging out with his college friends.
One of the projects we planned to do this year was to convert the open space on our second floor to a family room. The space started life as what Dan affectionately called the “art library”. Once Alexander started getting older, we quickly realized a family room would make a better use of the space so we’d have a comfortable place to hang out with him. Even though he won’t be here in person to enjoy the family room with us, we’ve decided to move forward with the project. We bought a couch yesterday for the room. I was sitting on it this morning and I could easily see Alexander curled up next to me reading a book.
It’s just so hard not to have him here.