It’s been five months now, that Tunes has left our house. I miss him a lot.
A few weeks ago my husband cleared out his room. It was time. What he didn’t take with him are packed in bags and secure in our garage.
We played around with ideas about what to do with his room. I even briefly dreamt of a craft room for myself, but know I still have too many kids at home for that.
Ultimately, we decided to separate our next two oldest boys. They’re both in highschool now and could use the space and privacy. It was a good decision.
When the room was cleared out, my awesome husband also patched his walls and painted. This last weekend he ripped out all the old carpet that came with the house when I bought it, and laid down the same flooring he installed in the other public areas of the house. It looks very nice, very clean.
We bought some room darkening shades he’s going to install and he mentioned we still needed to buy a ceiling fan because it got so hot in there while he was working.
I agreed. Tunes often complained how hot it was in his room.
I told my husband I loved everything he’s doing to the room. It looks great, but it also upsets me.
He immediately tried to console and told me what he was doing in Gamer’s room, he also planned to do to the other kids’ rooms as well.
That wasn’t it.
This was Tunes’ room. For eight years my little boy slept there, changed there, was sent there. He lived there. It was his.
There were holes in the wall where he hung his TV up, only to move it and to move it again.
There was a big pink stain from some kind of an experiment he was working on that he couldn’t get cleaned up, or hidden.
The curtain rod was wobbly and bent from all the weight of the many blankets he would drape over it to block the light out and then, since his bed was up against the window, would lean on and pull down. I swore he was going to fall through that window some day.
I just feel sad. I feel I let him down. I never got around to making his room nice before he left. I wanted to do that for him. Just like so many other things I wanted to do for him but didn’t. He was in too much of a hurry to get out.
I hope he knows I would have. It wasn’t that I didn’t love him, or didn’t think he was important. I just thought I had more time.
I didn’t leave “my” house until I was 23. I was working and going to college. But by then, my mom had already left. My parents were on the path of divorce. Which was fine with me. She had lived there, but really she had been gone for years.
Maybe that’s the difference. I’m here. I’ve always been here. I’ll always be here.
I don’t know. Maybe this is the way it’s supposed be.
He’s doing really well, from what he’s told me. He’s struggling, but managing.
Everything he’s doing just seems really scary to me. I’m glad he’s not controlled by my fear. I’m proud of him for facing his own.
Today, Justice came home from his dad’s and saw what has been done to the room. He joked with me and asked,
“Hey mom, what’s Gamer doing in Tunes’ room?”
Yeah, I don’t really know. But I’m happy for him. I’m happy for them both.