6 responses to “Coming Home to Family”

  1. Clare C.

    Wow. This was so wonderfully written, Catherine. You strongly evoke my feelings when I am home or part of a family gathering: a sense of “home” and yet not belonging entirely; of being part of something larger and yet not quite fitting in. My circumstances are different, yet I empathize with the feelings you experience. I have no words of advice to offer, but thank you … and isn’t cool that a 50:1 longshot one? Clare

  2. Clare C.

    Wow. This was so wonderfully written, Catherine. You strongly evoke my feelings when I am home or part of a family gathering: a sense of “home” and yet not belonging entirely; of being part of something larger and yet not quite fitting in. My circumstances are different, yet I empathize with the feelings you experience. I have no words of advice to offer, but thank you … and isn’t cool that a 50:1 longshot won? Clare

  3. Beth

    I’m just sorry I wasn’t there to escape with you to Heine Brother’s or North End.

  4. kim

    I hear you. There’s nothing like a family gathering to make me feel utterly alone with my sanity.

  5. Anne Ehrman Monell

    Sorry I missed your visit to Louisville, but I would probably have been one of those people who assaulted you with good intentions and overstimulation. But you’ve always known I’m a bit high energy!

    Perhaps you’re not in “recovery” but some sort of evolution or metamorphosis. Whatever it is, you can certainly attest that life is not a straight line.
    Thank you for sharing your experiences so eloquently.

  6. Claire (of Jon)

    Wow I am so impressed by the way you write. How you write about what is going on for you is so clearly good for your sanity but even better for hanging onto your sense of self. And its damn hard I reckon to put up with being a cancer person… its a bit of a public burden. I don’t know if this resonates but people are always telling me how ‘brave’ I am… sigh. Its total bollocks they should live inside my uncharitable, angry, jealous, self-pitying brain, and they should have to put up with all the grousing and moaning and whining that my brain and Jon have to deal with!

    I too have been on the ‘outside’ for most of my life and then suddenly to be thrust on the ‘outside’ of the outside… well that can be a touch of alienation too far can’t it. So when I read your blog and see how honest you attempt to be I can’t help be a bit impressed and I can’t help thinking: how brave you are. (Grin) And I feel wised up too.

    By the way I used describe the feel of the obligatory visit to my Dad and his new family as ‘family lag’, as in jet lag, because going back home afterward meant upacking my mental bits from their various psychic hiding places and reassembling them to some kind of ‘normal’ me shaped thing.

    Anyway sending more positive waves your way…

    By the way there is lots of yummy vegan chocolate around ( like you don’t know this already)

    Claire Swallowxxxx

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