Confessions, such as they are

Update: Friday, 2:00 PM.
In the sort of unbelievable turnaround that only happens in badly-plotted movies, the kid has come through and the crisis has passed. Just got off the phone. No, there is no happy ending in sight, but we weren’t expecting one. My kid is going to be okay, though, and at this point, that was the only happy ending I could hope for.

Thank you, all of you.


I do my best when I’m here to post honestly–to talk openly about writing and its hardships, about my life and its ups and downs, about why writing and paying forward are important to me, about the things that I think matter.

When I cannot be honest, my choice has been–and remains to be–silence.

I’ve been burying myself in work, silent for about a year now on one of the biggest and most stressful and frustrating experiences I’ve ever had to deal with, because while I’ve done my best to be open about my own life, I have by intent kept my mouth shut about the lives of the people I love. Their stories are not mine to tell.

The stress of the last several months, however, and the fact that things have gotten so bad, leave me in a place where I must ask a small favor. My mind and my heart are with one of my kids, who is struggling with problems you would not wish on your worst enemy. The situation has progressed from bad to worse to unthinkable, and while my kid has done the right and honorable thing each time in a series of worsening crises, the situation has become unbearable.

If you have prayers you can lend, spare angels, spare candles, I would ask for this:

Pray for both my child and for the person who is working with focused intent to destroy my kid’s life, that each of them will receive the support and help they need to bring them calm and peace that will allow them to do right things by each other–and that no harm will come to either of them.

If you can help, thank you. If ever there was a time for small miracles, this is that time.

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23 comments… add one
  • Jason Penney May 27, 2007 @ 5:00

    I’m so happy to hear that the situation is looking up. I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers.

  • Eliza May 25, 2007 @ 15:19

    Unbelievable. And excellent news. We’ll continue to pray, I’m sure.

  • hollylisle May 25, 2007 @ 14:38

    Update: Friday, 2:00 PM.
    In the sort of unbelievable turnaround that only happens in badly-plotted movies, the kid has come through and the crisis has passed. Just got off the phone. No, there is no happy ending in sight, but we weren’t expecting one. My kid is going to be okay, though, and at this point, that was the only happy ending I could hope for.

    Thank you, all of you.

    (Copied to show up in comments.)

  • valerie May 25, 2007 @ 13:51

    I missed this earlier. Consider the prayers prayed.

  • Chassit May 25, 2007 @ 13:15

    Oh, Holly, I’m very glad that your kid is going to be okay. I’ll continue to keep you and yours in my thoughts and prayers.

  • JenThePen May 25, 2007 @ 11:42

    To me, nothing hurts more than watching my children suffer. You and yours are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Krista May 25, 2007 @ 10:57

    Gladly.

  • anderyn May 25, 2007 @ 10:30

    As another mother, I feel for you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and
    your family in wishing that everything
    is resolved in the best manner for
    everyone involved, and that no harm
    come to anyone.

  • Nicole May 25, 2007 @ 10:25

    I’ll be praying for you and yours.

  • Mari May 25, 2007 @ 8:37

    Hugs, Holly. My prayers are with you all during this emotional time. I do hope things resolve soon. Take care, Holly.

    Maripat

  • Zuzu May 25, 2007 @ 8:06

    I will be praying for you and your family.

  • TJ May 25, 2007 @ 8:04

    You have my prayers and positive vibes, Holly.

  • felchan May 25, 2007 @ 2:15

    My prayers are with you and your family through this tough time. Hopefully a resolution will appear that will do no further harm to your kids.

  • Mandy May 24, 2007 @ 21:27

    My prayers are with you and your family.

  • EJ May 24, 2007 @ 20:58

    I’m praying for your kid and for the rest of your family. You are such a God-send to all of us. Stay strong and let us know when the situation is resolved.

    Here’s an e-hug to cheer you up.
    http://dragonsroost.blogspot.com/

    EJ
    aka ejoy, who is trying to figure out why my log in is different on this computer…

  • Eliza May 24, 2007 @ 20:22

    We love you, and we’re definitely praying for you and yours. If there’s anything else we can do…

  • heatherwrites May 24, 2007 @ 19:51

    May peace be with your family. You have my prayers and support.

  • TinaK May 24, 2007 @ 18:26

    Hugs and prayers to you Holly. And prayers for both your kid and the person wreaking havoc in the kid’s life.

  • BJSteeves May 24, 2007 @ 18:25

    Holly, you have my prayers and my support. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. You know how to reach me if necessary.

  • Inkblot May 24, 2007 @ 18:16

    Hey Holly

    Just letting you know I’m praying for you and your child.

  • Chassit May 24, 2007 @ 18:02

    Holly, your prayers are on their way. Hope everything works out. Praying for your son and the other person.

  • embar May 24, 2007 @ 17:59

    As I go to bed tonight I will spare a thought for your child and although I don’t know if there is a greater power that will listen to my prayers, I will still pray anyway.

    I hope that the issue will work out for the best for all involved.

  • PolarBear May 24, 2007 @ 17:56

    Miracles would be nice. Prayers continue.

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