Thursday, July 18, 2019

Poppy's Scar.



'you've been focusing a lot on the scar,' my sister said. "do you want to talk about it? How it will look?"

"no. i wouldn't say I'm FOCUSING, just thinking about it." 

I was focusing on the scar. one large scar, right down the center of her chest. a scar whose line starts just under the notch of her sternum and travels down to the top of her rib cage. it won't blend in. i would be telling a lie if i did not write about my first thoughts. the thoughts of a scar poking through her prom dress, her senior photos, her wedding dress. I had thought about how cruel kids can be- what they might say about the huge line down her breast bone.

If I'm honest, it brought me back to my childhood. the way my body looked just a little bit different from my friends. I was fair...pale, if you will. I had (and still do) dark blue veins that stood out on my chest. My legs where so white that my friends (ahem, ali and allison) used to poke fun that my legs looked like milk jars.

I have always, -oh dear God please let it stop one day- felt my body out of place. too curvy, too thick, too much up top. Every single time I put a dress on, I have to think...does this make me look like a woman of the night? My friends with smaller more delicate frames never have to ask that question....they don't look inappropriate in a stylish v-neck sweater from J-Crew. I do.

I have always dreamt that my little girl would be the exact opposite of me. petite, quiet, delicate. I hoped that when she walked into a room, she would be seen for all the things that I want to be seen for. Intelligence, dedication, poise, strength. I'm scared of this scar. I'm scared of this traumatic story, that will be told by her and retold a hundred times to strangers- at least- strangers to me.

For me, this scar represents Poppy's autonomy. Her heart failure, her pulmonary hypertension, her very near death experience...it all happened to her. I would have gladly ripped my chest open on her behalf. I would have taken all of it from her if I could. I couldn't. All those months that she cooked in my belly, when we were one...those are over. She is her own person. she'll have her own baggage, health issues, successes, insecurities, and failures. I'm just along for the ride as long as she'll let me.

This scar is a part of Poppy, not me. She will grow into it. Sometimes she will hate it, other times..maybe she will use it as a source of strength and grit. My focus on the scar had so little to do with what it would look like and far more to do with it belonging to HER. my girl. my eight month old baby had heart surgery and in the moments that I forget, or hope to forget, there it will be. A perfectly straight, long scar right down the middle of her chest. A reminder of what she went through. How close we were to losing her...and how hard she fought to keep going.

We named her Poppy for a reason. the wild poppies grow almost anywhere. they are hearty, earthy, beautiful flowers that represent all the things we know our girl will be. Poppies have grit. Our Poppy, she has grit.


5 comments:

Unknown said...

My father had open heart surgery, and his scar slowly simmered down to a sheen under his chest hair. It is large now, but it will fade. Also, silicon strips that you can buy generically priced, and stick on that scar once it's healed, will bring down it's footprint even more. Those silicon strips remove lines from skin, I have used them to tame scars from having precancerous growths removed from my body. Look it up! She is a wee beauty, and she is alive because you acted so quickly. That will always be her story. And it's a good one!

Unknown said...

You know what strangers will say about her scar? "Wow, she must be a survivor!" When she GETS to share this traumatic story, you know what strangers with think of this scar? "Wow! She has been a survivor her whole life and she must have family who know how truly special she is." This sweet little girl will don this scar with pride. When she's old enough to realize exactly what this scar means, this sweet little girl will realize how much her family loves her and how much they went through WITH her. She is still very much a part of u and always will be, but she is so lucky to be who she is too. I cant even imagine what it's like to go through this and I'm so sorry u had to endure it, but if u ever doubted yours or her strength, I hope this shows u just how strong u all r. Thank u for sharing her story and progress. Keep healing angel!

Amy B said...

I DO see Grit. And I see Grace. God’s Grace on her and your family. This life is not guaranteed...it’s a Gift. Every. Single. Day. And every single breath. I look at that scar and think about the gift she (and you) have been given to watch her grow & flourish into her her beautiful self. I hope she sees it as her gift of life and proof that God's got her in the palm of his gentle hand. ��
I also see grit in you sweet mama! You never know how strong you are (and also how weak) until you go through something like this with your child or family. Jesus carried you through and you can put a pin in this moment to always look back on and think “If he was faithful then, He will be faithful now” to always carry you through and give you strength for whatever comes your way. I love you sweet friend. Continuing to pray for Poppy’s recovery. �� ~Amy B

Nicole Lee Smith said...

You are an amazing writer and such a strong Mama. That scar already says strength to me. She is a fighter. A beautiful, unique, fierce flower who God has mighty plans for. I love you and am praying for both of you like crazy ❤️

Katherine Alsup said...

She sure does have grit!! I am so lucky to be a part of Poppy’s life and can’t wait to see what this girl says and does. You Frascone’s are doing an amazing job with your littles and we love you all so much!!

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