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  •  a sad comment on Balloon Juice nailed it, I think (15+ / 0-)
    I dated a woman four years ago who had an “emotionally disturbed” son. And by “emotionally disturbed”, I’m talking a nine-year old kid who alternated between normalcy and psychotic rage so quickly that it scared the living shit out of me; I was 35 years older, 150 pounds heavier and twice his height and I was honestly scared to turn my back on this child. And she acted like nothing was wrong with him. She wanted to get him a bow and arrow and give him archery lessons, for Christ’s sake. All I could see was this kid shooting me in the back the first chance he got. And he would have. To this day I’m convinced that, even without a bow, he would have stabbed me with the first thing he could lay his hands on had her and I stayed together (this kid was the number one reason I didn’t stay, there were others) and I’m still convinced that one day he’s going to nail the doors shut and burn the house down with everyone inside, laughing the whole time.

    I got it. She didn’t want to face what her kid was, because to face that means that you’re facing a lifetime of a child that presents an active danger to you, your other children, and everyone he comes in contact with, and no one wants to face that. She wanted a normal kid, and would seize on his good moments and his obvious intelligence, and would ignore the rest. So I get Adam’s mom. How can you face the fact that you’ve birthed a monster?

    I think his mom had an agenda of her own for keeping guns in the house, and that agenda led her to ignore just how fucked up her kid was.

    Ignoring a sick child doesn’t make them better.

    It makes sense. No parent wants to face that. How often do you see the parent of a rapist or killer wailing on TV about how "their baby would never do that"?

    "See? I'm not a racist! I have a black friend!"

    by TheHalfrican on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 05:22:42 PM PST

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