Hi Page, I enjoyed your open letter to your mother. I don’t have a difficult relationship with my own parents, so it was very eye… Read More »7 Ways to Support People Who Are Estranged From Their Families Over the Holidays
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There was a difference between not being upset and wanting to not be upset. And I had been conflating the two.
I dunno why it’s so hard to get super lovey-dovey with myself. To tell myself kind, mood-boosting things about who I am. But it is.
When You’re So Happy Something Good Happened to Someone Else, You Forget to Be Disappointed It Hasn’t Happened to You
I’ve never had a surprise party thrown for me (by anyone).
But I have fond memories of being a coconspirator in planning someone else’s.
I’ve spent most of my adulthood surrounded by people freer than me. But compared to my family of origin, I’m liberated beyond compare.
“You got your creativity from me,” my mother says. “Your father was good at many things, but he didn’t have a creative bone in his… Read More »Being Constantly Told to Shut Up When You’re a Kid Sticks With You
There’s a meme that’s been flying around for some time that talks about how kids who were mistreated will learn to love unwanted things. I… Read More »I’ve Always Been a Sucker for a Comeback & It Almost Destroyed Me
I don’t know how you’ve kept from becoming a hard, bitter person with what you’ve gone through, the comment reads. It takes me a second… Read More »When Bad Things Happened to Me, I Didn’t Have the Luxury of Becoming Bitter
Sometimes I can hardly believe it. Every day I get to wake up and be with you. I get to spend my days with someone… Read More »I Did Not Want to Be Married to Someone I Didn’t Like
Growing up, I was the kid with the messy desk. The one that looked like it was spewing paper everywhere. My backpack was a snarl… Read More »I’m in Love With Clutter, But We Need to Break Up