I’m Thinking About Going Goth ~~

The reality is you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again, but you will never be the same. Nor should you be, nor would you want to.  Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and John Kessler.

Lady_AmaranthAs long I have to reinvent myself after a piece of my heart got cut out, I’m thinking about doing something I always wanted to do – go Goth. Don’t waste your time asking yourself if I’ve lost my mind. That ship has sailed.

Now I’m saying this a little tongue in cheek. But think about it. I can wear black all the time now because I have a perfectly good excuse. I can read Edgar Allen Poe in the middle of the night and then listen to Joy Division, Sisters of Mercy, the Cult, Rasputina and Siouxsie and the Banshees on my IPOD all day.

I can contemplate death without working up an effort because it’s always there, right at the front and center of my brain. Not my death necessarily. I of course know that I will die someday, but harbor no plans to bring about my own premature demise. Life is much too precious and brief to throw away.

I’m already rocking silver hair and the dark circles around my eyes. All I have to do is slap on some black eyeliner and dark lipstick and I’m half way there. I have tons of black clothes already, because well…I’ve always loved black clothes. I even own a black corset.

The loss is Christopher, my grandson, keeps sneaking up at me at the most inopportune moment. Last night Mr. Husband and I were watching the Patriots vs Ravens football game. I suddenly burst into tears because the thought that Christopher is a Patriots fan flitted across my mind. I thought only men cried when watching football? My poor husband tried to comfort me and said “I’m sure where ever he is he’s watching the game.” The Patriots won. YAY

So if I’m going to be in mourning for the foreseeable future, I may as well have some fun with it. Sounds a bit kooky, I know. But I never claimed to be a “normal” person.

6 responses

  1. Go steampunk… it’s perfect for you… all that Victoriana, plenty of black and corsets… I have a good friend who is a steampunk who found something there he couldn’t find anywhere else after his 21 year old son died… I don’t know all the details and I’m sure I’m simplifying a hell of a lot, but steampunk seems to have brought him back to life (my friend, not the son.)

    1. I love steampunk. I have tons of books with stories and illustrations. Maybe it will be my new hobby 🙂

  2. Not to be facetious, but here’s a museum exhibit you might enjoy.

    http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-museum/press-room/exhibitions/2014/death-becomes-her

    The clothing is amazing and beautiful. There used to be a whole culture surrounding mourning. Now, the rules and stuff seem silly, but why can’t we acknowledge that people grieve and allow them to grieve as publicly or privately as they choose.

    1. Oh this is not facetious at all. Thank you for the link. If I thought I could get away with wearing a veil without getting carted off to the loony bin I would. It saddens me how in this modern age death is so sterilized and compartmentalized. A jewelry party lady who knew my grandson died called me a left a cheery message. “Hi, sorry to hear about what happened, hope you’re all better now. Call me so we can finalized your party next week.” eh what? It’s not like I just had a cold and got over it. No I’m not having a damned party.

  3. Sorry to hear about your loss Trinity, I can’t imagine how that must feel. I think the idea of going Goth would be fun, even if only for a while. Blessing to you.

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Pennie. I find wearing black oddly comforting. Maybe I’m just being a “slave” to social convention, but the wearing of bright colors seems wrong to me somehow.

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