21 September 2013

I was so grateful today when my dad, the peacemaker and rock of our family, said that my sister really doesn't understand me. He is sad she is not coming home when she needs respite, but she has good people to support her.

11 September 2013

"She's worried there are monsters in your room?!?!"
I gave my six year old cousin Nicholas the book, "My First Kafka," as a present on starting grade one. He really took to the pictures and its version of "The Metamorphosis." I like that he has a story that is open to all sorts of questions and interpretations and just I don't knows, and that he engages with it that way, even at his age. He really struggles with his father exerting authority, so it has emotional impact as well. Nicholas wanted to share the book with his dad and his mom, after they got in a fight and before bed respectively, which I thought was a good sign. He is starting to read himself too! And, kind, empathetic, sensitive soul that he is, he asked me why I sometimes get frustrated with my mom, a secret which I told him last time we were together.

03 September 2013

My dad sent me an e-mail this morning called "18 things children can teach us about happiness." My sister is bipolar and dealing with her is constantly tumultuous, and I have schizoaffective disorder. He says he didn't even want to send the whole thing, just the title. He is a really good dad.