I feel the same exact way about Alabama. I knew my story really well, but what I came to realize was that dad was a lot more like me—introverted, kind of loner kid—than I expected. Of course, I was just petrified. ThriftBooks sells millions of used books at the lowest everyday prices. And you make the point in the book that that's not necessarily true - that if you love somebody who's an addict, you don't need to wait until they hit bottom. What do you want to say to Daddy? And, you know, I am on two different medications, and one of them is a bipolar medication.
Robb Forman Dew has much to say about tolerance, disappointment and love, themes that concern all parents and their children. The only explanation I ultimately came to is that he was ill. I am so thankful that nothing ever happened to him and that we were able to deal with it as a family. However, his father had a hard time hanging on to a congregation. And if you can, you know, you've made so much progress. After high school, he went on to Harvard.
And he went back, and the rest of the trip was great. Alex: My childhood bully, who picked on me relentlessly, sent me a note apologizing. You know, they had to go through cold turkey. He found me through my advertising work. It was a long trip for this woman who dropped out of school at age 9 and was raised to support segregation and believe in a fundamentalist reading of the Bible. And so Nic came over to see us.
I am a clinical social worker and marriage and family therapist who works with a large clientele of gays and lesbians and their families. Alex: No, it was good. Today we'll hear from the real people the story is based on. So you know, when Nic got on that plane that day, I saw great, great progress. One is to say, well, if I'm not driving you to rehab, I'm not picking you up at all.
I woke up with this story fully formed in my mind. And, you know, today, like, I mean, I don't want to kill myself, you know? It made Daddy feel very sad. And all of a sudden, it hit him that - tomorrow, I'm leaving. But then the more I learned - I mean, 10 kids will go out after, you know, school and they'll all smoke pot. Every time he would go into treatment, he would do fine for a while, and then he would relapse.
And you said that meth allowed you to, like, be confident and to not be so worried about what other people are thinking. He sort of took a step back and we started talking. For books purchased through their website, they will send personalized and signed copies. You know, we think about addiction as a morally reprehensible choice, but addicts act crazy because, in a way, that they are. Hopefully many of us in the gay community come to learn that masculinity is self-defined.
Nic was kicked out of some treatment programs because he wouldn't embrace the 12 steps. So I started to test his acceptance. Nic was very open, and he talked to the kids about what had been going on and was, you know, sort of - he apologized to them in a way that was - I think it was just so meaningful to them and to Karen and to me. Most are utterly unprepared for them. Dew is a master storyteller, and her search for truth and love make this heart- wrenching fiction. But it was a good cry.
Am I holding this cup the right way? Will you forget me forever? In the book, Sig Hansen laments the fading ethnic identity of the Seattle neighborhood that welcomed his father and so many other Nordic immigrants. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Superficially I have little in common with the author - I'm not gay, didn't grow up in the South, and my family wasn't poor. Dew's intense imagination, combined with her ignorance of homosexuality, was as much a hindrance as a help, and it is to her credit that she has recorded the occasionally wacky assumptions and painful readjustments of her own odyssey with such care and humor. Daddy had to give up his job. And then things start to turn around, and then the book kind of begins. As a lesbian, I was really looking forward to reading this book to get a glimpse of what my parents might have gone through when I first came out.
Initially I was there to receive help from others but now I can actually help others. After coming out, after taking that giant leap, that was just the beginning of our story. I mean, people think that treatment can't work. When Daddy was a little boy, he knew that when he grew up, he wanted to be with men. Now I love my life and stuff.