What has struck me the most in all the coverage of the Loughners is the failure of most to admit that YES our children can live in the same house and be involved with things we can’t imagine. If that weren’t true we wouldn’t have our children on drugs, pregnant, truant or planning to run away or a million other things.
How many of us have prayed at night that our kids survive the loser boyfriend, the too mature circle of acquaintances, the peer pressure of drugs? I cannot imagine the horror in praying that my son’s mental illness didn’t result in disaster.
Here’s the thing – parents become isolated because a) they love their children and hunker down to protect them b)they are judged so harshly that they can’t imagine reaching out.
So much tragedy to go around…