The Secret Life of Melanie O.
 
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Too many hormones
I got emotional today in a work meeting - which, as a grown middle-aged woman, is anathema to me. We're about to start our campaign for mental health and homelessness awareness, and I suggested that we use my son's letters (with his name changed,) to let people know that people with a mental illness aren't their illnesses. They are whole people with an illness that stops them from achieving their full potential. I figure, if the public has the chance to read some of my son's letters, they'd know and maybe they wouldn't treat the mentally ill like creatures to be avoided. Maybe they'd feel more comfortable around the mentally ill.

I got a letter from my son yesterday:

"Dear Mom, Thank you for the birthday card. It was all wet when I received it. Did it contain water or something? I think it got crushed in the mail.

I hope you are doing well. How is Dan, I've been having trouble with my life. Sometimes I think I'm a bad person with no future. I feel like I have never done anything good for anybody. That would be scary because I want to get to heaven. I'm sorry I didn't see you much when you came to Grandma Ellie's house. I hear voices and they keep me crazy.

I wish I had hung out with you and Dan, but my disability causes me to do weird things.
I love and miss you. I'll write you again soon."

There was a pregnant woman in our meeting today. I could swear it was all that estrogen in the room that made me all emotional.
posted by Melanie O. at 7:23 PM -
4 Comments:
  • At 11:42 AM, Blogger gardenbug said…

    Hurray. I have solved the comment problem, with a little help from my daughter. Thanks so much. Love U

     
  • At 1:26 PM, Blogger LivinginOz said…

    Love you, too! xoxo

     
  • At 1:44 PM, Blogger Katie said…

    That's brought tears to my eyes...

    xo Fudgy

     
  • At 3:11 PM, Blogger LivinginOz said…

    It's the most frustrating and heart-breaking thing in my life - when you want to, as a parent, protect your child and fix their problems - yet you know you can't. No one can, really. All you can do is let them know where their resources are and hope that they use them when they need them.

     
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Name: Melanie O.
Home: Durham, North Carolina, United States
About Me: Female, American health and beauty-conscious professional who has rekindled a childhood love of dolls.
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