I want to try something a little different today.
I'm going to tell you about my Mom. But it's not what you're thinking...
I want you to know a little more about her than the one aspect, hoarding, for which I have dedicated this blog.
I want you to see that hoarders are people too. There is more to them than just the mess that you can see.
My Mom is kind, in fact she's just plain sweet. She's one of those people who others would find it difficult to dislike. She doesn't have a mean bone in her body.
She is honest. In fact, she refuses to lie. It's funny when she is trying to keep a secret (like what she is giving you for your birthday or something along those lines) if you confront her, she gets this deer in the headlights look and tries to avert the question. It makes me laugh every time.
If you need something my Mom will drop everything to take care of you. In a crisis, she is the person to have around.
She is an amazing Grandma. She goes out of her way to make all her grandchildren feel special. When she babysits, she has a special bag filled with things for the kids and they LOVE it.
My Mom is very religious. She is a big believer in prayer and I have seen her prayers work miracles. She is never short on faith.
When I was growing up, my Mom stayed home to be with us kids. She baked homemade bread and she sewed our clothes to save money. My Dad was a schoolteacher and never made a lot of money, but we always managed because my Mom was determined to do what she felt was right in raising her children. I admire her courage and respect her decision as I now look back with a new perspective as a mother myself.
There is so much more that I can't put on this page, but I just wanted you to see that hoarders are not bad people.
Of course, that just makes it all the more confusing growing up the way I did..
You see it don't you? The problem?
Here is this practically angelic mother trying to teach us about honesty and other important life lessons, trying her very best to give us everything she felt we needed, all the while living in an environment that can only be described as hellish.
And therein lies the issue...
A picture of the kitchen counter... or maybe it's more a picture of what's on the kitchen counter.