Friday, 9 February 2018

My beautiful son, thirty-four years ago.  I was far too young to be a mom but that's how things happened.  When he was two weeks old I applied for nursing school and was accepted.  I knew that his father would never be able to care for us;  I would need a good job to support us.  When he was ten months old I broke up with his father but never stopped either his father or his grandparents from seeing him.  He was always a part of their family too.  I still talk to his grandmother on a regular basis.

I left his father because of lies and alcohol.  I didn't want my son growing up with a father who lied about everything.  I thought I could protect my son.  Turns out I couldn't and it breaks my heart.

My son was in jail last summer for domestic violence.  He and his girlfriend were drunk and he hit her.  This happened twice, once in February and once in June.  Both times there was a no contact order and he violated those no contact orders four times.  He spent 100 days in jail and was released last September.  He is on probation for one year with the requirement that he not drink alcohol and not contact his ex girlfriend.  He did both.  He's still in contact with her, he still drinks himself into oblivion.

He has texted me twice in the last two weeks telling me he wants to die and is surprised he's still here.  He asks for money, begs for money.  He tells me he will end up on the street.  He's hungry.  He pulls every string he can think of to get what he wants which is just money.  More money to drink or buy drugs or fuck women.

And I tell him no.  What he doesn't understand, couldn't possibly understand is the price it costs me to say no to my son.  It's painful and always drags me under a little.  Eventually the drag that is only a little adds up and I'm drowning again.

The big guy says my son needs to hit rock bottom.  I know this.  I get it but it's awful to watch.  He is a part of my heart.  I don't even like him anymore but he still lives in my heart.  And oh my god it hurts.

And the worst part is the knowledge that I couldn't protect him from his father, from his genes, from his fate.  He is his father's son.


  1. It sucks when doing the right thing doesn't make you feel good. I have troubled alcoholics in my family, too. I know the toll it takes. Your statement "I don't even like him anymore but he still lives in my heart" resonates with me. I'm so sorry you are going through this.

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  3. Alcoholism is heartbreaking. You and your husband are doing the right thing. Keep taking care of yourself, no matter what. Sending love.

  4. This has to be the hardest thing in the world. It is the mother's true aim to protect and care for her children but when it's not possible, the toll on her is immense.
    No amount of logic or sense can truly overcome those most-primitive of feelings.
    And yet- by now you know what you must do not only for him but for yourself.
    I wish there were better answers.

  5. I'm glad you were brave enough to come here with your truth. I've been in this same situation and I'm so sorry that you are in it now too.
    The thing about good mother's of troubled children is that we do have hearts that never close. You area a good mother. I hope you don't loose sight of that.

  6. Wow, you look like a child yourself in that photo.

    I knew someone (also a psychologist) who told her children the two things she would never pay for were an extravagant wedding and rehab. I get that. And I'd add that I wouldn't financially bail out my kid in the midst of addiction. But it would completely break my heart, too, to have to say no.