As for my reasons for “Dear Friends:”
Frances Weaver wrote The Girls with the Grandmother Faces quite a few years ago. I highly recommend this little book to folks who are struggling with “aging out” of a lifetime of meaningful and valued interaction with others.
It is quite a kick in the ego to find out that all that hard work, dedication to learning and improving one’s skill seem to have little value when there is no one knocking on my door or calling me to ask for help, guidance, support, understanding. Yes, I’m a retired therapist. Kid and family therapist. Due to events beyond my control, I find myself retired and somewhat physically disabled. What to do with all that knowledge and an internal engine that continues to hum?
As Tom Hanks said in “You’ve Got Mail,” quoting from The Godfather: “Go to the Mattresses.” I have no idea (as Meg Ryan had none) exactly what that means, but apparently it means that I should “never give up” and be willing to “fight” for what it is I want. If Tom Hanks said it, it must be true, right? So I am here, learning to Blog in hopes that Dear Friends can provide information that may be useful in helping children and adolescents.
Who Am I? Here’s a quick summary of “been there—done that:”
Psychiatric hospitals working with kids from six to 18. Counseling and Adoption Center. Juvenile Detention Center for girls 12 to 18. Community Mental Health Center for children working with teens and families. Private practice with ages infant to 18. Add some time spent with Volunteers of America, Big Brothers-Big Sisters and other organizations associated with youth. An Advanced Practice Nurse in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. That about does it. Oh, yes, I’m a mom, sister, aunt, daughter, mother-in-law, and wife; and, to my exceedingly wonderful step-grandchildren, I’m GramBob.