3 comments on “The Shoebox

  1. Just Love ’em

    What I’ve figured out over the past 40 years, when it comes to family members who turn to the side of the conspiracy nuts (you know who you are), 1. Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself and it doesn’t mean they are any less responsible for their wrongs. 2. The most healing thing you can do for the relationship is ‘just love ‘m,’ or more specifically, love them for who they are. Adults choose their own identity; that’s the beauty of life. You get to be who you want to be, just as they chose who they want to be, or the path that lead them there.

    In nurse-speak, to try and heal the wound any other way I think just makes it heal not as a cleanly. In plain language, people have to want to change; we can’t make them change (unless you want to force the issue with duct tape, a brain saw, and an egg beater). Besides, their unique story is part of your own unique family story. Would you really want it any other way? The scars we receive make us able to understand everyone else on the planet. Everybody has scars. Everybody has that odd ball family member.

    And that my friend, are the universal truths. And the meaning of of life.

  2. I lived down there 1967-1973 left when I was 16.knew your grandfather Paul,walley.there maybe stories you don’t know about him.was not will liked by some

    • I’m sure there’s much about my grandfather I don’t know, but I’ve been collecting stories from family members as well as others who were part of the colony. I’d love to hear what your experience was like. Is there an email address I could use to reach you directly?

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