This forum post is hidden because you have chosen to ignore rmcginnis. Show Details
This forum post is hidden because you have submitted an abuse report against it. Show Details
In Response to RE: Memoir Prompt July, 2012: Most meaningful things you learned from your Parents? by intersan
This is a combination response to Intersan and MaMahoo. My mother had serious issues and although never really diagnosed I am sure she was at least bi-polar. She however did not disappear during the rough times. We had to live through it. She was so afraid of any of her friends seeing her going into a psychiatrist's office that she went to one that was a two hour drive from our home. When I got my license I would drive her when not in school. As a child living through her rough times I would feel so much anger, but now I just feel sadness. she was ill in a time when not only was there not much help; but there was a stigma attached towards being mentally ill. The illness was compounded by the shame of having it.
During her good times my mother was wonderful. She was very creative. One time for a birthday game for my sister ( her birthday was in December) she did a variation of a game and called it "Pin the Star on the Tree". She did all the artwork and made all the stars for the children to use. My mother made it a point to teach me manners at an early age. All my life I have always been complimented too the extreme. The reason I was such a stand out was because a woman, my mother, taught me. I had one girl friend who later told me that every time we went out to dinner she would think of a reason to leave the table just so she could see me stand up for her when she left and returned. Had she not be so ill, she would have been able to show me so many things. Teaching me to be polite in a natural way was a great gift.