I think I’ve made a new friend thanks to blogging! It’s always nice to get a surprise e-mail from somebody who read something in my blog, but it was especially nice to hear from somebody who’s going through some of the same stuff I’m going through. (Makes me think it’s not so bad to post personal stuff…I probably never would’ve heard from this person otherwise.)
She’s a children’s book author, but she’s also got a parent who suffered a debilitating stroke; she’s got a “difficult” parent; and she makes a much longer trip back to see her parents just as often as I do, so she knows what it’s like to be pulled in so many directions that you feel like no matter what you do, you’re never going to be a good enough parent, daughter or friend.
It reminds me of when Teen met his good friend L. about five years ago. He’d had a pretty difficult time…but I’ll never forget the first time I picked him up from L.’s house. He said to me, “Mom, they GET me over there! They get my jokes and they get ME!”
Isn’t that the ultimate human desire? To have people in your life who “get” you? (So thanks, M.A.R. for “getting” me!)