I’m one of those weird people who likes to pick up litter while walking down the street .. lottery tickets, mail, coupons, to name a few.

As I was walking to the bus stop this windy afternoon, I notice there’s a lot more litter than usual, but that’s what happens when Mother Nature does her thing on garbage day.

The stationary I found was much more "Lisa Frankish," but here's a [VERY PLAIN] example of Lisa Frank kittens.

The stationary I found was much more “Lisa Frankish,” but here’s a [VERY PLAIN] example of Lisa Frank kittens.

While scanning the debris, I find what seems to be a piece of Lisa Frank stationary (if you don’t what Lisa Frank is, click the link; the picture doesn’t do her brand justice). “How weird .. but cute!” I think to myself as I pick it up to gush over the adorableness of the neon kittens, rainbows, and general girly appeal.

Upon further inspection, it looks like a letter from a young daughter name Madison to her mother. Being the nosy person I am, I decide to read it.

Long story short, this girl knows that her mother is an alcoholic, and she’s begging her mom to get better because she misses the way her she used be before she started drinking, before got divorced.

And I just pity this mom .. like how could she have just thrown that letter out like that? It’s a current letter, and obviously it didn’t mean shit to her. If it did, I have no doubt in my mind that she would have kept the letter.

As much as I wish I could tell this mom and daughter that life goes on and gets better, #1 I have no idea who they are, and #2 you can’t help anyone unless they’re ready, so there’s nothing I can do here, unfortunately .. except hope to myself that both of these girls are strong enough to overcome this, and hopefully sooner than later.

As I toss the letter in the trash can at the bus stop, I see the bus in distance and start shuffling through my wallet to find my bus pass.


When I read today’s twist (“approach this post in as few words as possible”), I felt relieved .. it’s 10:07pm (well, when I started writing this entry), I’ve been out for the past 4 hours shopping for Jay’s birthday present, and I have to be up and out in <8 hours if I want a ride to get my methadone .. so I all want to do is get this over with and relax. I mean, I technically have all weekend to do it since my next assignment is on Monday, but there are other things I’d like to write about this weekend, like things that piss me off and some things I’d like to review.

For this assignment, I’m supposed to write a story about how I found some random paperwork, read it, and let it “affect [me] deeply, and [I] wish it could be returned to the person to which it’s addressed” (did I use the bracket right? Seriously let me know; the sentence actually reads like this: “it affects you deeply, and you wish it could be returned to the person to which it’s addressed”). And of course, write as little as possible. Seemed easy when I first thought about it, but after a few moments it seemed like it might be a little more difficult than imagined .. but honestly, it wasn’t hard at all once I thought about what I wanted to write, and that only took me a couple of minutes to think of. Actually, there was only one slightly difficult part, and that was getting rid of the rambling since the story’s supposed to be short, and I have a knack for rambling (thoughts gone awry! XD).

Time to edit, post, then get comfy so I can watch a few episodes of South Park on DVR until I nod off. Have a great weekend everyone =D I am HOPING to write at least one entry this weekend since #1 I have to writing something on privacy due to some information I received today and #2 I want to want some reviews for my Influenster and PINCHme campaigns.

  1. lucydanvers says:

    I liked this because you were a realist, and you understood the human emotions, and that to overcome alcoholism you need to want to do it yourself. Very good understanding there and you really created an authentic piece of writing.

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    • i wanted to include what i’m about to say in the story, but like i said i had to get rid of some stuff cos i was rambling.

      my son and i are kind of in the same position as this girl and her mother, except for the fact that i am now clean, and he never wrote me.

      although i started getting high long after i lost custody, getting high got in my way of doing what i was supposed to do to be in his life again. now that i’m clean, i am finally doing what i need to do to see him again.

      thank you for your comment =]

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  2. inidna says:

    The route you took for this brief story on a letter was different to any of the others I’ve read so far – I liked it a lot. Very important message I think in that second to last paragraph before you ended your story about not being able to help someone without them wanting it first. Also, it has been years since I’ve seen anything Lisa Frank and it just brought a tidal wave of childhood memories. Really great stuff 🙂

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    • thank you for the comment =] this story is actually kind of based on my recent past, as mentioned in my comment to @lucydanvers.

      i learned that message way back when i first started to get clean, and it sucks because there’s still people i care about out there and i can’t do anything about it.

      it only took me a second to find some cute lisa frank stuff, but i had to do some digging to find some stationary with those particular cats. they were my fave. i follow the brand on facebook; apparently they’re starting to come back around again .. i see it sometimes, but not as much as when we were kids .. probably cos i’m not shopping in those sections as much =P

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  3. ryandan says:

    It is sad to read of situations like this. I had a friend who lost her mother to drink. Well written my friend.

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    • it is sad; been there, done that. luckily, some situations turn around .. like i said to @lucydanvers, this story is kind of based off what’s happened in my life the past few years. thank you for the comment =]


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