What is an anonymous parent? Many comment on this blog as anonymous and that is great. Who are these anonymous parents? What is life like to be the person without a name?
I've thought about who that anonymous parent is and what they are going through. Maybe I'm right maybe I'm wrong but here is what I have come up with because I was once an anonymous parent.
The Anonymous Parent is that parent who is up at 2am but their child is not home.
The Anonymous Parent is searching and barely able to read a computer screen through the tears to learn more about this monster and what they can do to help their sick child.
The Anonymous Parent has piles of books and articles colored with highlighter marks in their bedroom.
The Anonymous Parent calls helpline and strangers looking for answers as to what to do and what comes next.
The Anonymous Parent has sat through way too many lectures and meetings trying to understand what is happening to their family.
The Anonymous Parent has emptied their savings and retirement accounts on rehabs and medical bills.
The Anonymous Parent has suffered the embarrassment of the flashing lights of police cars in their driveway at all hours, day and night.
The Anonymous Parent cries at night before going to sleep and feels a level of fear they never felt was possible.
The Anonymous Parent loves a person that by all accounts to everyone else is unlovable.
The Anonymous Parent makes a difference in one life. Sometimes that is all that is possible.
It doesn't matter how anonymous you are, you are not alone. Reach out and take the hand that is offered.