Campbell watched his family and sighed. He was glad to be there with them, but they were also driving him crazy. They were always watching him, yet also seemed to be walking on eggshells. They were always asking if he was okay and if he needed anything. He knew they cared, but this was too much.
“You okay, honey?”
He closed his eyes and sighed then looked at his mother. “No. I’m going crazy here. I’m tired of answering the same question a million times a day. Next person who asks if I am okay, or if I need something, I’m going to…”
He shook his head. “Sorry, Mom. I know you all mean well and are worried. I’m really not okay, but there’s nothing that any of you can do to help. It’s something I have to deal with on my own.”
Shelby wanted to hug her son and tell him that it would be okay, but she knew he would just push her away. He wasn’t her little boy anymore and she couldn’t always fix things for him.
“I’m sorry, honey. I didn’t realize that we were asking you so many times. I will try to stop.”
He knew that what he was about to say would probably upset her, but it was something he needed to do.
“I’m going to go back home tomorrow, Mom. I’ve been staying here a week now and I need to go home and let things get back to normal.”
Shelby felt the tears in her eyes but nodded. “I understand. You are welcome back here any time you need to be around someone. We’re all here for you.”
“I know, Mom.”
He hugged his mother and kissed her cheek. “I love you, Mom. You have always been there for me when I needed someone. I really appreciate that.”
She smiled when he said that. “You are my son. It’s my job to be there for you.”
He shook his head. “It’s more than just that, Mom. I don’t know for sure what it is yet, but I know it’s more.”