September 23rd, 2013 by

The Inside World


Following is the piece I wrote for the LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER and The Partnership at Drugfree.org live-streaming event of personal stories to #EndMedicineAbuse.

The Inside World
You’€™re only seven now Bob, but when you’€™re older, a little older than now, we will have a talk. We will sit down and I will assure you that you’€™re not in trouble but that we need to talk about something. You might roll your eyes. You will tell me that you know everything already but I know that you don’€™t.

You don’t know that your brain, your vast and magical one-of-a-kind brain, will be developing until you’€™re twenty-five. You do know that you’ve been wearing a helmet when you ride your bike for as long as you can remember to protect your brain from the dangers of the outside world. You don’€™t know about all of the dangers of the inside world. I want to have a talk about that inside world.

There will be friends that offer you things. They may not know better but they will ask if you want to try something. These little somethings look like vitamins, or sports drinks or maybe cough syrup. They will say, “It’s okay, I got it from my house,” or “It’s my dad’s or it’s my grandma’s or it belongs to my mom.” “It’s fun,” they’ll say. Or they’ll tell you, “It’s okay, she got it from her doctor.” Our talk right now is about me telling you it’s not okay. These things will hurt your brain. They are seductive. Don’t fall into the arms of these things.

There will be friends that offer you things. They may not know better but they will ask if you want to try something. These little somethings look like vitamins, or sports drinks or maybe cough syrup. They will say, “It’s okay, I got it from my house,” or “It’s my dad’s or it’s my grandma’s or it belongs to my mom.” “It’s fun,” they’ll say. Or they’ll tell you, “It’s okay, she got it from her doctor.” Our talk right now is about me telling you it’s not okay. These things will hurt your brain. They are seductive. Don’t fall into the arms of these things.

I have altered my brain and it has altered my life. Getting well from that is hard. Most people can’t. It requires constant vigilance and upkeep.  It also requires a team of like-minded people that I can talk to in order to stay safe today. I have been doing it everyday for a long time now. I am grateful for this recovery but it is a tough piece of road to travel. I hope this thing will pass you over.

I will tell you that I want so much for you. I want you to be happy and kind, smart, loyal, and brave. I want you to know your inside world and explore all that your pristine brain has to delight you.
We are going to have this talk. I will kiss your forehead. Then, maybe we’ll hug or eat ice cream. I will tell you that we will be having this talk again and often. We will have this talk until you know it by heart.

*            *            *

Follow these links to read powerful stories from the women I was honored to read with:

Judy Miller €“ http://judymmiller.com/2013/09/prescription-drug-abuse-sharing-stories-to-raise-awareness/
Heather King €“ http://extraordinary-ordinary.net/2013/09/12/endmedicineabuse/
Brandi Jeter €“ http://mamaknowsitall.com/2013/09/smoothing-wrinkles.html
Lyz Lenz http://www.lyzlenz.com/2013/09/dear-little-boy-you-will-never-be-ruined/
Janelle Hatchet €“ http://www.renegademothering.com/2013/09/12/i-could-tell-you-my-story/
Zakary Watson - http://www.raisingcolorado.com/2013/09/raising-awareness-to-end-medicine-abuse.html
Sherri Kuhn €“ http://oldtweener.com/2013/09/a-plea-for-my-teens.html
Ellie Schoenberger http://www.onecraftymother.com/2013/09/medicine-abuse-is-epidemic-in-our.html
Melisa Wells http://suburbanscrawl.com/2013/09/ltym-the-partnership-at-drugfree-org/
Alexandra Rosas http://www.gooddayregularpeople.com/2013/09/end-medicine-abuse.html

The live readings can be found here:

This post is sponsored by The Partnership at Drugfree.org as part of a blog tour with listentoyourmothershow.com in an effort to #EndMedicineAbuse

Leave a Reply