Today, I looked Trauma square in the eye. I saw him like I have never seen him before.
He wasn’t just defiant, disobedient and rude. Not this time.
Today, I saw him encapsulate and possess you with such ferocity, it scared me.
I witnessed his Herculean strength burst through your 9-year old body, bulldozing furniture with unfathomable rage.
I heard his distraught, deeply-embedded roars mushrooming through your chest.
Trauma was in charge today.
He took you to new place of deep self-loathing and heightened emotional distress.
I crouched down, away from you. Trauma wouldn’t let me come close. All I wanted to do was hold you. At that moment, I hated him for keeping me from you. He burned through your eyes with fear and apparent hatred for me. He screamed at me to “GO A-WAAAAY”
Then he relented. You invited me to sit next to you. Briefly.
Trauma never lies dormant for long. He detonated inside you again and he made you run.
Trauma often makes you run. He steals all rational and logical thinking when you are in that deep dark cavern of wildly looping guilt and shame.
But today, when Trauma made you run, he made your body clamber those railings with such determined and incredible agility, it was shockingly impressive.
I think I must have managed to portray a calmness that made you trust me and, in turn, to silence Trauma.
I told you that it looked so high and scary up there. And you came down.
Once down, you sat next to me on the step where I had remained, fixed. My mind whirring but my body open.
You placed your head on my shoulder.
I suppressed my tears.
Then raising those long, beautiful eyelashes, you looked at me and said “My hands smell. Can I go and wash them?”
You have no idea why Trauma does this to you. That makes me so angry and so incredibly sad.
I’m learning all the time but I don’t always get it right. In fact, I have no idea what “right” is.
As welcome as I have had to make Trauma feel, I loathe his presence. I hate that he lives inside you. I hate that I can’t protect you from him.
I hope one day you will be able to read this and smile. And maybe say: “Wow, was that really me?”
I hope you will be able to read it and feel no shame; only pride at how much you have achieved.