We had defined sides of the bed for sleeping. I was always on the left side of the bed, he was always on the right. It just was.
It has been over five years since the day he died, however I still find myself on the left side of the bed. I now have a smaller bed that has been in three different places in three different bedrooms and the result is still the same...I stay perched on my side, and his stays empty.
Even though I know...it isn't HIS side, never was, he never slept in this bed, he never slept on these sheets, he never used these pillows or blankets. Heck--he has never even stepped foot into my house. I know this. My brain knows it, I am pretty sure that my heart knows it.
At night, there is an icy chill that emanates from his side of MY bed. It creeps over to me and just reminds me that I am alone. That I don't have anyone to share my bed. That Robert is gone, and not just gone, but he. is. dead. He is never coming back and I will NEVER again spend a night nestled safe in his arms with my head on his chest. Really this feeling of icy loneliness is getting very old.
I have done everything that I can think to do. I decorated my bedroom. I selected a beach theme and enlisted my mom who is awesome at decorating to help me pull it together. I have a beautiful painting, new sheets and comforter. A really cool lamp and other accessories. I selected my bedroom so that the light comes in and spills over the bed in the morning. It is bright and warm and cozy. But it hasn't helped. The ice still fills the room in the dead of night.
So I take a deep breath and I suck it up and I lay down and I go to sleep. In the morning I awake and it is the same thing over again. I am alone and there is no one in my bed besides me....well unless Munchkin is sick and has wandered into mommy's bed in the middle of the night, then I am usually awakened at a pre-dawn hour by a squirmy octopus in my bed.
Don't you know, kids grow extra limbs and flail them endlessly when they are in your bed, in their own beds--they sleep perfectly still and awake in the same position that you kissed them goodnight.
So I kiss Munchkin good morning and look around and I say a prayer of thanks for all of the things that I do have and I hope that one day, this particular feeling fades to a distant memory.