I'm not a celebrity hound. Don't pay attention to that kind of stuff at all. In fact Mom and I have had a lot of discussions about me blasting those shows that all they do is gossip about celebrities and their lives. But last night we watched the Farrah special on ABC.
I did not know her son was an addict. They said he is currently in jail, drug of choice, heroin. A few years ago I remember the stuff about Carroll O'Conner's (Archie Bunker) son and his death from drugs. Then Mr. O'Conner pretty much devoted the rest of his life to trying to get dealers put in jail.
No matter how famous you are or how average you are this scourge can attack you. It is apparent fame and riches is no insulator to the pain of an addicted child. It was apparent in that special last night Farrah and Ryan O'Neal were dealing with the same issues as we blog about on here. The pain, the disappointment and the heartache rips at us all regardless of stature or means. That was the pain I saw last night so vividly. We all lose loved ones, death is a part of life. However, the special pain a parent feels with an addicted child is universal. More than just watching the TV, I could hear the sorrow in their voice and see it in their face when they spoke of that pain.
It is too bad we share that kinship.