Wept

I fell to my knees and wept because that’s what’s expected of someone who has just been told that their father is dead.

I fell to my knees and wept in front of the principal, the counselor, my favorite teacher, and my best friend, none of whom had any idea what the correct response was to this magnitude of meltdown.

I fell to my knees and wept despite the fact that my mother was absent, though to be fair she was rarely around when it mattered the most.

I fell to my knees and wept because for the first time in eight years I will be able to sleep peacefully at night without barricading the door first.

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