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  • June 7th, 2010 | 12:41 AM
Dear Flyboy

Dear Flyboy,
You know that mom you thought you could just turn your back on and not deal with? I don't think that's going to happen. The logic doesn't map. Anyone I've talked to about your story says it doesn't make any sense that you would want to know about one parent and not the other. I can't pretend like she never existed, well, except for the whole giving birth to you part. There's something else going on there, something Wilson isn't telling you about her. I don't know what it is, maybe she's actually a really nice person with a good reason for what she did. It could happen.

Okay, so maybe she isn't very nice at all but don't you want to know for sure? Won't knowing about both parents be the way to really understand who you are?

Or do you already know something and you're just not telling me?

There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


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June 7th, 2010 11:34 am (UTC)
I'm betting he knows something... and that you'll discover it.
June 7th, 2010 11:44 am (UTC)
I totally agree!
June 7th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
Well I wish he'd hurry up and tell ME! :)
June 7th, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
LOL. You are soooo bossy! :) :)
June 7th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
Well I must be a lousy boss because no one (as in my characters) listens to me. :)

Edited at 2010-06-07 05:15 pm (UTC)
June 8th, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
Maybe you need to take lessons from the Ayatollah.

Oh wait. He's GONE. :)
June 7th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
I'm positive he already knows something, but is pretending to himself that he doesn't. This kid has always resisted you, every step of the way, and that's why the process is taking so long. He doesn't want to do the emotional work that is required of him if you write his story. And he wants to feel like he's in charge, not you. So he's pushing all his resentment and anger onto you to cover up the fact that he's afraid and vulnerable and not one bit in charge of his life yet. He doesn't trust you when you say that if he goes through all this, he'll have a more positive power than saying No. After all, if Wilson let him down, how can any other adult be trusted on such hard stuff?

Hang in there. You're as strong as he is. Where do you think he gets it?
June 7th, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
Oh Peni, you are so very wise.

You're right, I'm sure, that he doesn't want to do the emotional work because it's going to be hard!

Thank you!
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

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