The Same Old Abandonment Issues: Insomnia Edition (Trigger Warning)

It is seven thirty in the morning, day two of an insomnia attack. I know the source. I had to trust my mother if I wanted to get the cat off of Ebay, and she made arrangements without consulting me for the spay/nueter. Then when I agreed to go forward with her plan because of course I was lied to by the shelter staff, something that in a few hours will be dealt with though I may put it off a day and try to sleep first as I may give up on dealing with them nicely… She of course does not show. I remind her. I try to sleep because I know she isn’t showing. I still, just in case don’t feed the cats or let them near water for seven hours while trying to sleep. They of course throw a fit. All night long.

It was actually quiet for the first five hours. I still couldn’t seem to rest. Of course, I am in pain, I am headachey why should my body rest? I actually didn’t let my Sunday caregiver come in because I was too tired to find out if she would do a half assed job and give me excuses that I have yet to verify but seem bogus to me. Ah well, it’s monday. Even if I don’t sleep I will call the office and broach the topics she felt I needed to know and since the local Community College is run by idiots, I don’t actually think she is lying.

I gave up on sleeping to write for this simple reason. I realized I felt the same way today as I did many years ago, ten in fact, when awaiting my mother. When I was in one of the many mental hospitals she would schedule a visit. I would get excited, and then… she wouldn’t show. She wouldn’t call. I would spend days worrying about her safety.

I have decided it is time for me to risk her shutting down and I need to tell her that she cannot expect me to respect her or trust her when she costs me money, I have no idea how the hell I am supposed to pay for Sylvani’s spay nueter now since I paid the shelter and this was supposed to be included. So I am going to send her a bill. I am going to itemize my stresses, and I am going to put a monetary value on said stresses. I will include a note that this doesn’t include every other time she has failed.

Even when I had no one left to ask for help moving in here she did this crap. Sometimes if it’s really important, life or death, she’ll show up the day she says she will. I already have stopped calling her most of the time, I already cut off Grandma and my elder sister. B is now Sixteen, she’s pld enough that if she needs me she can call me regardless of my mother’s whims and permissions.

I dislike that sensation that sits in my gut when I have to wait. I dislike the utter terror I get when being late. I also dislike the fact that as I lay in my bed waiting for her to show up I replay every time she berated me for making us all late, and not all of them were actually my fault. I replay each time she promised she would show up, and each time she failed to do so. Even though she saw my father do the same thing to me and my siblings and saw how much it hurt.

I am tempted to point out to her that when I need her to drive across the state, she won’t do it barring me probably dying and even then she puts me in danger. She’ll cost me money and will wonder why I never buy presents anymore, never call to just talk, and tend to just nod along to whatever she says without listening, though I really doubt she notices this. Yes. She’ll put me into a position where my health is in jeopardy and I am once again stressed and frustrated.

My brother and sister, who have both lived either across the state or the country however have not had this, at least that I was allowed to see. Instead, she’ll spend money that we don’t have on them. She’ll go across the country with almost no notice, and of course with me there’s always notice.

The best part of reminiscing a bunch of betrayal and abandonment issues is I realize now, whenever my mother refused to believe me after every hospitalization about trying to fit into my family, about trying to be happy, and always beleived my siblings when it came down to a matter of my pain, health, etc, and when she said “Well you never tried before, why would you try now?” She was really talking about herself.

The most hurtful thing she ever said to me was that, and when she agreed with my step grandmother that my disagreeing with their opinions meant I was full of hate. Whenever she promises me she’ll do better next time I know it’s that cycle of abuse talking. I have yet to tell her I think she’s abusive, but it’s damned well time. Screw her promises of my very own wheelchair van, it’s a lie to keep me around. Screw her in general. I am going to send her the bill after I get some sleep. I’ll find a way to take care of the cats, I always do.

I just hate that in order to stop her from hurting me I have to risk her hurting Beth. I hate that. I am enraged with this fact, and the idea that she seems to think it’s her right to treat her children like chattel, as if somehow time magically fails to pass for me.

Now that H my older sister is in the picture constantly does my mother try this crap with her? I somehow doubt it. After all I noticed a long time ago my mother only responds positively to the crueller behaviors. My mother only showed me actual symptoms of what she thinks love is when I was being abusive.

I know I write this sort of post about once a year, and I always mean it. Each year I get a little more distant. I am truly looking forward to having Section 8 and moving to California. She won’t be able to lie to me about visiting then, she won’t ever have the money to do so. I am safe once I am out of state. It isn’t as if she’ll actually call me or anything like that.

I considered adding this to the Humor section, my lack of sleep sure does make me mean.

Surgery of the Sisterly Relations

I am having quite the day. To be honest todays ragathon started before I even had my glasses or morning “can I make it to the potty without falling on my face”? Nope. i woke up to the sound of my phone going off and discovered my sister thinks I am incompetent and unaware of dates. It seems, because she has remembered my mother’s birthday, that everyone else will forget.

She said it was a courtesy but H does nothing courteously. She’s never done anything nice for anyone without having an ulterior motive, unless this was done sometime in the last two years with my largely pretending she doesn’t exist. H is the sister I wrote about, my older sister. The one that I think is an unfit mother. I haven’t hid from her my disdain for her, nor do I plan to. Obviously, since this is a public post I am hiding nothing as is my purview.

My reply was harsh, however she woke me up and my filters take a good hour to activate. Not an excuse, a fact. I retorted that I remembered and didn’t need reminders and had remembered even when she wasn’t around and didn’t care for all those years she wasn’t around and was busy not caring. I am hoping she understands I meant every word I said today, but it seems that she felt the need to berate me for being ungrateful, at being woken up to be reminded of my mother’s birthday despite daily reminders for the last two weeks and my sister and mother both trying to make my own birthday nightmarish between the two of them.

Her response was I should bite my tongue if I have nothing polite to say. Well there was cursing involved but, again, I had nearly drifted back off thinking that she may get a clue. This would be where I insult all blondes and make a blonde joke except some of my dear friends are blonde and would’ve understood that if you don’t want me to bitch at you don’t keep talking. This has been my method since I was a small child of making sure people know they have screwed up. For someone who knew me for the first thirteen years of my life she seemed to forget I wake up as a malevolent rage bomb. That’s on good days. Something about insomnia makes being woken up very difficult, there’s a pain to it at times and this was such a day.

So, I am expecting her to not talk to me for a few more years. I replied you see. “Because you set such a fine example of courtesy? Leave me be. I do not require your scolding either. Or texts. or Calls.” I felt this was more clear. Yes I did just pick up my phone and copy that down. Somehow being cursed at for not really giving a damn while I am asleep makes no sense to me. Except that my sister has worked hard to have no class.

Some of the things my mother tried to teach us were attempts at good things, and my sister chose to work to be anything but what my mother said, as did I. We have this in common. Except like in the Robert Frost poem we came to a fork in the road. I took the road less travelled and she turned around and walked the other way.

I know this post is harsh, but I cannot tell you how many times I have regretted not telling her what I think. She still believes I am her gullible “retarded sister”. She is the sister that left me to die with my bad reaction to pot, she is the sister that told me I had no writing talent and that she’s the writer despite her writing skills being… what I consider poor. It isn’t about the spelling, mine is fairly rotten anyway, it is about the idea that because she thought she was a good poet, and maybe was when she was young but isn’t now and I have only read her recent work, that no one else could be.

My sister used to lie to me. She would make up facts and if I could prove them wrong would beat me. My sister’s conception of reality is that everyone should just do as she says. It’s very much like our father. I used to accuse my elder brother of walking in his footsteps when he would hit me. They both did. J did his best to stop after a time but H has wedged herself into the role of abuser quite nicely.

So this was how I cut her this morning, my scalpel of sleep deprived rage hopefully was sharp enough. I know my mother will hear of this, but she and I had a nice text talk. I dislocated my jaw again or I would have actually called. She got my jokes, after some explanation which was apparently more amusing anyway. My mother’s birthday sounded good and there are things that are planned which my being sick precludes me from enjoying but the fact is, I have no doubts that the antipathy that has grown in me with my family is beyond my sister’s comprehension

I had to cut her off. Her belief that I am still wanting to be just like her, that I am jealous of her and all her friends is dangerous to my health. You see, when she has the startling revelation that 13 years ago I was a different person and I have since grown up, she may try to force me back into that sort of childish thinking. It fits her whims. I knew then to not back talk her unless I wanted to get hit. I knew then that telling her how pretty she was was good for me.

I don’t think she’s pretty now. I think life has been hard to her and it shows in her face. I don’t want to have her life at all. Somehow fornicating with cousins and reproducing just doesn’t work with my thinking. I don;’t want a string of men that my children each are forced to call daddy. I don’t want to be her. I found myself somewhere along this road of life, and while I am still working on the puzzle pieces I am left to wonder… what if I had never stopped trying to be like her?

The answer is I would’ve died in a gutter.

I love her. I love my mother too. That doesn’t mean they get to take part in my life. That doesn’t mean that I will pretend to be happy to see them. Sometimes I am. My mother is coming to take Sylvani to a vet over the mountain, because the shelter screwed up and that’s how we have to get the situation and the cat fixed. My mom took care of the dangling threads before calling me, which is a bit annoying but also kind of her since she did so after I didn’t call but texted over my jaw. she didn’t want me to hurt myself. This doesn’t make me beholden to my mother

Just like I am not beholden to H for all of the years of her lying to me and telling me that eacht hing that hurt was love. I have never forgotten the moment I realised what real love felt like. M my dear friend is guilty of teaching me what love is. Her lies about love, romance, and men have all left her in what I feared my life would be.

My sister is someone I pity. Her life makes me sad. I fear for her. Ifear for her children. So with a snip, I cut her free and I must go the other way. There is nothing pity does for people but poisons them. If all she does is literally hurt me, figuratively and emotionally hurt me, and expect me to regress into a thirteen year old girl so desperate for a small modicum of love that I risk my life daily… she can go home and be in that terrifying space of poverty that is self imposed.

I would rather she instead let me be an adult, grew up a bit herself, and gave her kids the love they deserve but something tells me she has no idea how to do so. Neither do I, on the kids thing. That’s why I don’t have any.

“I wouldn’t have done that…”

My violent tendencies were tripped this week, like a laser alarm in my mind. The skulker had no idea they had unleashed a pack of semi rabid half starved trained for violence chihuahuas onto them. I say small dogs because I have yet to meet more than one nice one, and he was willing to attempt to disembowel you with out warning. I am currently keeping mum on the exact details, as I am going to wait until my rage has subsided first.

Lets just say that a business chose to basically threaten letting my Exhusband know where I am, because I didn’t like the way they were treating me and I called them on their stuff. In fact I linked them to my blog so that they can know what was said about them due to their accusations that I’ve been bad mouthing them. So, now that it is clear to they and I who they are, lets talk about why I do things others fear, and stabbing people!

I know my violent tendencies are there. I cannot recall a period in my life where when even mildly irritated firebombing someone did not seem like a great idea. This bothers me every day of my life because I am well aware that most people don’t think this way. If they do, no one admits it. I know when I am angry that I should not do several things. The first is eating, I’ve broken more dishes and hurt myself more times by eating angry than I care to think about. It starts with enjoying how nice it is to stab my steak and then the knife is in someone or the table or the plate is in pieces. I haven’t eaten when angry since I was 13 and my impulse control is greatly increased but not enough so that I can trust myself to not do really stupid things.

I have also mastered some levels of “social normative” activities to work around my constant anger. It used to be my default emotion and it turns out I like moderately content or happy best. I am usually happy not a bundle of putrifying rage that would like to gladly defame a business, but I haven’t once, and I won’t do so. That goes against my moral code. So, when I am angry with a business I usually ask them about the thing that has me angry, if I can I email them. I also hire M or another friend to help me remove the rage spasms from the text.

Most often this solves the issue. In fact it is very rare that the problem isn’t worked out, and I admit sometimes I am mad over small stuff or something I don’t understand and that is a huge part of why I ask questions. If I am expecting a package and it never shows and yo uare Dell, I skip the rage nutering of my emails and skip to calling you and making your tech support bleed out their eyes. That’s because Dell is Dell, everyone who has worked with them knows already that their customer service was trained in hell tactics. I swear my grandmother may be involved in their training, though I am not positive as to how.

The next step on my avoiding making these businesses hate me is explaining why I am angry. When this however earns me threats of a person who very much wants me dead being thrust into my life, when the business is also fully aware of this then it takes a lot for me to not make bad things come out of my fingers. I usually wait a while to stay calm, thinking over what to say. Again M usually gelds my letters of their rage. He helps me to concisely communicate more often than is fair. My caregivers also get to work on this task, but I like M’s method of “I wouldn’t send it that way, I’d do this but if you want to you really can… but XYZ may happen”. It mixes amusement into my thinking as I imagine apocalypses over silly things like ebay cats. I still am laughing at finding Sylvani on Ebay.

If that approach fails then I go ahead and verbally reproach people. I don’t let myself curse them out, instead I let my venom show. I have been told I put tone into toneless text with precision. If I could there are times I would instead insert an internet gnome to pop out of their computers, run around grabbing valuables and stab people to death. That’s the mood I am in.

It’s usually once I reach that “firebomb of rage” letter that I get told often, “I wouldn’t have done that.” I have noticed however that when i do it this way things work out, or I just sue people and then it works out when they are ground to dust under my heel. I haven’t felt this angry with a business in a long time, but threatening someoe’s safety even implicating in anyway that a homocidal maniac should be introduced back into their lives tends to make people with PTSD and rage issues a little crazy.

I don’t know why, but the other time people tell me they wouldn’t do what I do is when they admire me. Sometimes over the same thing. Sometimes I think I say things people wish they “had the balls to say”. This is where I get into the social stumbling grounds. It’s apparently not okay to tell someone that their behaviors make you angry. Instead a woman’s place, as good old mumsy would say, is to silently bear it or just quietly ask them to stop.

I don’t do quiet. I am belligerant. I am rageful. I will fuck them up.

I am glad I think the way I do but today it feels like a burden. No amount of adorable cats or doctor’s with cranial implosions from just getting to meet me can change that. ANother post is forth coming but… I wouldn’t have done a lot of things, yet I rarely mention it to people. I am just angry.

I don’t know when my anger will subside, I do know that most of it is this business causing me undo pain, making me feel like they are robbing me, threatening my safety, and also dealing with Rose dying. I don’t see why it’s taking longer to “get over it” with her than it did Nymph. Then again, maybe it is supposed to?

The Allure of Jesus Christ (Trigger Warning)

I understand a part of Christianity that has eluded me for some time. The revelation came in the most sacred place in my house. On the potty. Toilets are wonderful for epiphanies. It’s as if letting out all of the shit and piss inside you gives you room for grand ideas or understanding. The tone of this paragraph alone should let you all know I am not quite up to my usual standard of gleaming joy despite all the depraved nonesense in the world at the moment. I think that’s okay.

I am sad over Rose again, and another friend of mine was attacked in her home. She called me and the police, and as the attacker, who most likely is the rare stranger rapist as her neighborhood which is the nicer one in her home town, has had a rapist murderer gallivanting about lately… well as he comes for her she calls me and asks me how to seriously injure him without killing him.

The beast was unleashed. It worried me, frankly because I wanted to have her kill him. I did not do so, at least unless she didn’t follow my directions correctly but the intent to kill was not there and the police are sure he will be fine. Potentially paralysed but a walker to the throat vs him raping and killing a friend? He deserves what he gets.

Yet, I entered a two hour period of extreme darkness. I don’t like feeling that way and I haven’t for years. Not even dealing with Him, aka ex stalker scary ahh, did that. I got dark, I got depressed but not on the edge where for a few hours I fantasized about ways to kill a man with a walker anally. Lets just say my mind has it’s dim corners and some that are pitch black and the lights went out. I am fine again. M the friend of awesomeness helped me sort it out but there I was, in my dark space.

The dark space isn’t anger, it’s fear, terror, and a certain helplessness. I cannot change that Rose was most likely murdered by her greedy and ungrateful children. I cannot change that a man broke into a friend’s home and attacked her. I can however say I protected one, and i could not protect Rose. I wish I could.

So my revelation is this, I had the thought, ‘If I could protect every innocent person, deserving person, and purge the world of people like Him, Steve, and the latest jackass that came to my attention I would die the most horrible death imaginable.’

So this is the allure of Christianity. It is that supposedly someone did just that. Except of course it is clear to me that their sacrifice failed. If Christ indeed existed. Since men wrote the book, about a man, and… it’s all… lies. I understand that the moral of Christianity is not the one they intend. They intend that we should all want this, to die for others and to all be great people. It just didn’t work out that way.

I still would die for my friends, family, and most everyone in the world if it was the only way to make things better. It isn’t so I am obviously not going to go and get boiled and skinned alive or something. Martrying hasn’t worked for millennia.

The thing is… I did protect my friend. I couldn’t reach for the phone and save her but I empowered her with my knowledge of how to seriously injure and or kill people, and quickly enough that she defended herself. A seriously disabled person took out the rapist murderer, not one of the able bodied rich whining bitches who had mace, tasers and food. A person spat upon by society.

I know my darkness has a purpose, because I have given it one. It’s there to remind me why I don’t want kids, who I could be easily without choosing consciously to live, and it is there to remind me of why I hate my mother. She and my father worked hard to twist me up into a piece of garbage. I chose to be something more than feces that marrs the brilliance humanity has to offer.

So I am stressed. I am sad. I am also moving forward. My paratransit interview is imminent, which means I get to take rides from strangers. I am working furiously on this music, but my sorrow is impeding the joy that the music should hold.

I also am being cuddled by Ebay cats. Sylvani has a thing for the bathroom. I think the accessibility and familiarity of a toilet, as she was I found out, allowed to go into the bathroom at the shelter has helped her to feel safer there. So she will at least come to me in there if nothing else, and there is plenty of other stuff.

Despite my frustrations, also made worse by a few weeks of severe insomnia, I managed an hour of sleeping uninterrupted. Since Sylvani accidentally cut my hand with her claws, I “punished” her by forcing her to be petted until she purred and fell asleep curled up in bed with her. I wanted to make sure she knew a little yelp of pain wasn’t the end of the world here, because her reaction was utter terror. The round eyes and the look that Sprite used to get when we would take out the trash, someone has hurt this cat over little things. She needed to know she was safe. Heck as I type about her she is now on my couch bathing and giving me this post nap look of contentment. The nap was hours ago.

Sprite and Syl are working very hard to make me happy, it’s working most of the time. I haven’t felt this sad in two weeks, and it’s not as sad as the previous sad and yet I am still triggered. Yet I am enjoying waking up to a cat who sleeps in my arms and looks like a stuffed animal, snores, drools, and chews her tail in her sleep. Sprite isn’t enthusiastic about sharing the bed with the kitten yet but she never got to where Nymph was allowed, she merely understood that sickness meant she had to do what Ny needed.

I am wondering what it will take for me to have that same sense of relief and release for Rose, that pure moment when I know it’s okay. I am obviously not converted to Christianity by my poopiphany. I just have a bit of comprehension about why people find it approachable. It’s a bit romantic along the lines of other things that are romanticised and creepy. Dying for your sins, before you are born. If I could believe reality worked with such things, then I would be full of joy at the thought, I would hold no ill will. Neither would anyone else. It’s that utopia thing that makes my brain scream and rage, because it makes no sense.

I know this was blathery and babbly, that’s a side effect of my having had a moment where I could have gone down the dark road. I just need to sleep it off. Or write a story where someone gets murdered by a zombie in a power chair.

Letting Go

There is a new kitten in this house. Like Nymph she was born in April. Unlike Nymph I found her on Ebay. Literally! Her name is not Kashi, she ignored me when I tried, as that name is very unique. I think however it is wise she didn’t choose Kashi. Between Soda and Cereal stealing words from things such as faeries and Sanskrit I would have the most accidental brand name theme. Sylvani tried to answer to Sprite, however she was convinced to try another name. Sylvani, like Sprites and Nymphs are also faeries.

She has adapted well to the household, arriving in a manner that had us both stressed out. Then with about twelve hours of home time she endured a party. It was a fantastic party actually, and I had more fun with hoardes of people in my house than I thought I would. My friends oohed and awed over Meat cake, each one was impressed with the delicious gluten free cake, and yet after it was over I found myself sad. It felt unaccountable so I sat and thought. This was naptime, so I also slept a bit. It was a dreamless sleep.

I realized watching Sylvani peak out at my guests, too shy and still overwhelmed to say hello, reminded me of Nymph when people came over. Nymph would have been this same age but hardly would she have been this size. It became clear to me with in hours of having Sylvani here that Nymph was sick the minute she came into my home. My fears that Sprite gave her the illness faded, though now that is a risk. You see Nymph was abnormally small, so small in fact that I was worried for her. Sylvani is on the small side for her age too, but is almost as big as Sprite. She is far lighter, Sprite is softer.

Nymph purred but her purr was strange. My little purr factories are very good at their jobs, producing purrs nearly twenty four hours a day. Her first hour here, Sylvani purred and napped with me. Nymph did too. Nymph seemed to purr backwards in a way, it is hard to explain but I am left to think that she had other things wrong with her. She was so tiny, so fragile. She was a cat made out of faery dust and love. Too fragile to last in reality.

Sylvani is solid. I have no fears for her future as plagued me constantly with Nymph before I even knew she was ill. I have some residual fears because of the loss of Ny but Sylvani does normal cat things. She knows how to play. Sprite has not had to teach her how. She knows how to jump, though she can’t quite make the food counter. She likes to headbutt my ankles and stretch up to touch me. Her beautiful eyes are bright and shiny and she is curious.

Nymph wasn’t all that curious. Sprite literally taught her to pounce and play. Sylvani is creating her own methods of play with the existing toys. Did you know a laserpointer needs no human? She has been flinging it and pouncing it. She found the truest method of dot defeat.

I talked with M about this for a while, and he said nothing much but did comfort me. There were no words of wisdom needed beyond, “You were afraid to love Sprite, you were afraid to Love Ny, but you don’t seem to hold any fears for Sylvani.” My fear for Sprite was that I would be homeless and could not feed her. This came to pass, though not at all in the expected manner. My fear for Nymph came to pass. It seems my subconscious does a very good job of creating reasonable fears.

I could not see Nymph as an adult cat. Sylvani being nearly identical to Sprite with the exception of the angular nature of her eyes may help but I can see them together in a fear years, Sylvani coming with me as a service animal. I could see Nymph as one but her passivity worried me too at times for a service animal is not always passive with their person, at least with my method of training. Service animals are a balance between proactive and passive.

I find myself no longer so worried that I had failed Nymph in some invisible way that only I was aware of. I find myself mourning her still but not as much. Sylvani is healthy. She is not so small that I worry about her dying because of the surgery to have her spayed or nuetered. She’s a girl so whichever applies. In fact she has managed to kick Sprite out of the sunny spot, without so much as a hiss.

Sylvani and Sprite are most likely related with in a generation. Either Sylvani is Sprite’s Niece or Sprite’s mother lived a long time while producing offspring. This is based on more than their looks. Sprite spent a time in the same Shelter that I found Sylvani on. Via Ebay yet still a shelter. Sprite was found in a similar fashion by said shelter. Both cats were adopted just after being put on the short list for euthanasia. They have similar dispositions so far, though Sprite has shown far more meanness in her life time. That cruelty to people was survival. She was the least likely to find a home, Sylvani’s issue with homes was age discrimination. Too old and too young at the same time.

So I am taking a breath, and I am letting go. I cannot hold on to Nymph out of regrets and sorrows that do not belong. She got what she came for here, and she gave me something I needed too. It was the same thing. Love. Nymph reminded me to love myself. It isn’t the inspirational cat with a disability story, for there was no point of her being ill and suffering that was inspiring. It was simply the soft way she walked through life. She didn’t let her pain stop her from being the gentle soul she was. Knowing how much she hurt all the time makes me sad but, I hear that is true about people when they realize I was literally born in pain. It makes them sad.

I have another post about my mother that will come out soon but for now I am going to watch the cats ruin the rest of the marshmallows. They started this during my nap last night, but apparently Marshmallows are delicious to both of them. Sprite has a history with them, but she prefers the minis. Sylvani adores the big ones. She has flung them, turned them into pillows, and her face when she first bit into one was priceless. I was there for the first taste. It took her a while to decide that the flavor was great! It’s time to turn on some lights and open the curtains and have a day. A day of cat play!

Selfishness (Trigger Warning)

I can be such a fool at times. My mother is on my facebook, and she took note of my desire to adopt the cat in a shelter near her. Kashi. Kashi is Sprite’s Twin and from what the shelter staff tell me is in fact as intelligent even if she has been snubbing visitors. She is on reserve for me now because my mother’s idea was that she would come today, my actual birthday, and then I could give her the money for the shelter fee. Obviously, with her track record I would NOT ask her to do this. I did ask if she could pick the cat up and hold her at her house for a week since I am due to be out there soon anyway. No no, surely not.

So I spent my day trying to not believe her. 11 am, I asked her if she was indeed going to come, because of course she has pnumonia again. She said yes. I asked twice if she was sure she should because I could ask the shelter about holding Kashi for a few days due to her illness and my having no car. It’s a very long drive. So, I waited. I sent a reminder to let me know when she was coming at 3pm. Then the shelter calls me at 4 pm to remind me they needed her there at 430pm. So I start calling.

I call. I call. I call. I leave voicemails. I call. No answer. I wish I had any surprise left, but of course I get the texts from my sister, at least I think it’s her. Since she always changes her number and no one in my family identifies themselves on texts with new numbers… it’s all guesswork.

The general gist is, I am selfish for even ASKING if she was still coming, for reminding her and for expecting her to keep her word. Supposedly they will do it tomorrow. Supposedly. I know better. This was of course a timely reminder. Why should I, exactly, do anything for them? Why should I go visit at the expense of my energy,c omfort, and being at their whims? I am far from comfortable with that. Why should I go and make HER birthday happy?

Yes she is sick but if you are on either child or doctor, both were explicitely stated because I am so selfish of course it must be hammered into me that mother must stay in bed, like always when it’s important to someone else, bed rest… why say you are going to do something? Why not call and cancel? Why not?

Because I am selfish.

I am angry. Selfish? Yes, it’s selfish of me to make sure I could take care of this cat, to make arrangements to try and get the cat in such a way that doesn’t impose on other people as much as possible. It’s selfish of me to expect basic human decency and respect. It’s SELFISH of me to not want to talk to these people for this reason.

I haven’t let them in again since the last fuck up they have made, I have closed down tighter and tighter and things got better. It turns out they really aren’t trying more my BIOLOGICAL FAMILY nope. It’s just better without them.

I wonder too if this isn’t really punishment because Grandma got mad this morning. Her birthday wishes for me were acceptable, generic, and fine. HEr wish that since she is moving to independent living we can see each other more often (read not at all since I got married. ) Not. She’s cruel. So I told her no because she is cruel so why do I want to bother. I should’ve played along until I had the cat.

This is the thought process of my family. If I had lied to Grandma Bitchypants wouldn’t I have actually been selfish? Toying with her emotions?

I could be jumping to conclusions but to quote my mother whenever she would tell me how horrible I was and how I surely needed medications, “Past history belies changes in the present. No one ever changes for the better, they are just pretending.” Projecting much, yes she was.

So, yeah. I am selfish.

I would rather be selfish and happy than selfless and spend every single day waiting like this to be betrayed. My mother has never once been on time for anything, and if I had actually expected her to not fuck around on me then the cat would be lost. Plans A-C have been used. I don’t have a plan D yet, but I will get there. I can’t afford gas money and the fees for adoption.

Soul Lobotomy

As being a goth requires thinking on Death, I seem to fit that quite well. Of course not all Goths are actually death obsessed but I myself have always been. You see, I do fear death. It is not my death I fear, I accept that this is an inevitability. It is the deaths of others. Sprite is not handling Nymph dying well, and her behavior has started to reach the critical point when she begins to self mutilate. I am left remembering my own deeds of self destruction, and yet most of those times others would think of were the acts of them not me. It is a strange tangle. So in my worry for her I spent the day on the phone with the vet, who worked with us via telephone for free.

Our options are find a cat…. or trying antidepressants. I am certain that you all know what my decision was and my vet strongly recommended the cat over the drugs. I have crystalized the thoughts enough as to why she cannot be the only cat, and M my friend helped that by flat out asking why it is okay for me to put her emotional needs above my own.

I don’t think I am of course, but with animals and love in general I am a thousand times bitten and a million times shy so I never recover from a loss. The trust and love of any living being is far too rare for me. Sprite also keeps me alive and happy and healthy. The trifecta of need is met with in her compact furry form. So much soft fur, so much amazement.

So what is it that has her in such a state each time she is the only cat?

Some Sprite facts.

She has never been the only cat, except with me. The formative years of her life were spent first in a hoarding situation with a cruel cat hoarder. Yes they think they love cats but when you cannot care for them and there are so many that they are starving and just a trapped Pride of ferality, you are being cruel and need them rehomed. She then moved there to a crowded foster home. A shelter, a multi cat household with five cats, including herself. Then, back to a shelter. Another multicat household. A shelter where to save her from being euthanised she entered yet another cat household with a slew of people and cats. Two cats per person and at least five people, though I think it was way more. I forgot as it’s been a long time. Six years in fact. Then she moved in with myself, my roommates, and their two cats. She struggled to deal with just two other cats. IT took her over a year to adapt to that, and at first she self mutilated over being lonely.

Then I got married. She needed stitches from her self harm fit, and we got William Shakespurr. Even typing his name makes my ribs hurt, so there are regrets but not between Sprite and myself. After rehoming him once she started self mutilation there was Nymph. Sprite hasn’t been so depressed in the entire time I have known her. She is in some moments a shell of who she was. My eyes and nose have the tingle feeling that I associate with crying when i think of her pain.

So do I drug her and spend exactly the amount I have after rent for food and other bills? Nope. I am going to find a cat. The cat won’t be big, I will not risk my health for this cat. I won’t get the poodle off of Craigslist I found. A dog I could pet! Wee. It would be fine until it barked, licked me, had to pee, wanted to go for a walk, needed grooming, a bath… and of course there’s DOG food. Ick. We have a few caterviews coming up. The first one I feel won’t happen as the people with the cat first asked for 1000 for a mixed breed cat of no special intellect. They admit she’s a very stupid cat. Then again she was more likely spoiled than stupid, as the humans adopted her instead of a child. They cannot afford pet rent anymore. Something I do not contend with here thankfully. So we moved on.

Yet it was in this that my fears came to verbalisation. You see, I wake up and my first thought is rarely, “God damn I have to pee.” That’s my third thought. My first thought is, and has been since my first night with her. “Oh god is Sprite still alive.” My second has become, “Oh God is my secret love’s name here still alive?”. It leaves me shaking. Then I breathe, realize yes, Sprite is here. Go pee, and check to see if said lover is still alive. This has gotten worse since Rose died and a lot worse after losing Nymph. I am prone to going to my bedroom if Sprite is sleeping and waking her up just in case. I had gotten past that need just a few years ago. I will try again. By past, I do mean I just didn’t do it every few hours every day. About once a month.

In fact my fear that my loved ones will die was an issue with my ex-husband, as I would sometimes have to wake him up if he was too still or quiet. I would wait hours, biting my nails, trying to not cry and when I could stand it no longer I would touch him. Breathing isn’t enough, I need actual movement preferably with snarls of “I am sleeping go away”.

Somehow this lead to a promise that lead to a discussion of Greek Mythology, the details would give away identities of people who must remain secret so, shh… In the discussion of the Greek Afterlife aka Tartarus, I mentioned I would rather be in the torture section also called Tartarus instead of the Elysian fields or the very boring sounding waiting dock where people who cannot pay the boatman’s fee end up. No, the Elysian fields sound horrible to me. They are after all intended as a Utopia but one person’s Utopia is another’s meloncholic vision of sadness.

Imagine waiting forever for your loved ones. This is what you do there. You wait. They must die to join you, you are not aware they are dead, and so you spend your days at home, doing small things like cooking or cleaning. You do not remember them fully you just know you are waiting. You do not even know you are dead and the urge to explore or go beyond the simple tasks is removed from you.

What if you don’t have a loved one? What if your loved one goes to Tartarus instead? What if they become immortal? Do you wait forever? What if they are one of the chosen few who is allowed something else at the discretion of the god Hades? You are left to remember nothing forever. How is that utopian? It sounds more like a lobotomy of the soul to me.

As it is, I have found no conception of the afterlife suits what I would see as heavenly. Golden streets sound hideous and wasteful, and a heaven as the Christian Heaven was taught to me with no pets, gender segregation amidst other kinds (not wholly a universal tradition) but where there is need to fear attacks from hell, where again thought is not prized… this seems wrong to me too.

I cannot think of any widely known traditions that don’t make me sad, lonely, or a bit angry. Probability factors? All three. Some of my sorrow is my depression and aching heart over the lost friends. A lot of it is the sensation of insult that even in death I am relegated to doing what others would deem right for me and not what would make me happy in these supposed places.

I guess heaven would require me to be fulfilled by myself. Even that possibility is a requirement. I would demand full disclosure, instead of fading to a shade of my former self as the Greeks put it. So as I think of Rose and Nymph and what their heaven’s should entail i want to be remembered, I want them to know they are dead if THAT will make them happy, and if they want to wait for me great. If not? That’s fine too. I dislike the image of my friends being leashed until I die. In a way it’s a sort of a chain unless people become hermits.

Your mother loves her husband. He loves her. Your parents love you. They love your siblings. You and your siblings marry and have children. You die, you and your parents and siblings are now all dead and waiting. Your children and grand children are alive. They reproduce, or even just fall in love or make friends with people on the deep level. Now you are all waiting.

The waiting never ends.

Anyone up for a Soul Lobotomy?

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