Continuing the discussion from The mistakes I’ve made as a sibling:
I’ve been thinking about this for a long time… Focusing on what has been done right…
There were some simple things that happened that really made my life easier. Just some little things that made a huge difference in my ability to get where I am today… I give you a dozen
Just rolled with it when I ranted on and on about kidnappers and trackers. Studied the maps and made an honest effort to try and understand what I was saying
Held my hand many times and said, “It’s Ok J… I believe you.”
Hung out with me quietly when I was too far in my head to talk. But I knew you were out there patiently waiting. You even read to me when I wasn’t reading any more. (with sound effects and finger puppets)
Wasn’t afraid of me when I got out of hospital and treated me the same as you always did
Wasn’t ashamed of me in front of your friends
Took on the huge responsibility of looking after me day to day when I couldn’t figure out to take my meds, clean my apartment, pay my bills, do laundry, cook for myself…
Would take time to visit me and ask if I needed anything and would bring me socks.
Paid attention to me and knew what was going to bother me and never directly forced me into a bad situation.
Never said you were going to do something and then didn’t do it.
Stayed patient with my panic attacks and didn’t get mad at me for all my public awkwardness.
Weren’t afraid to ask the awkward questions or start the conversation when everyone else at the table was too embarrassed to ask.
The most important for last…
Told me many times I was still your friend and you still liked hanging out with me. You told me you were proud of me when I tried to change for the better.