I was very good about keeping a camera handy for getting lots of candids. I have always loved this shot of baby Social Butterfly gnawing on Winnie the Pooh while I cooked dinner--and speaking of eating, could you not just nom-nom on those toes!
This past weekend my girl spoke to a group of parents whose children are in treatment for eating disorders.
She was stunning--confident and articulate and throwing down the truth at every turn.
This what I posted on a private group page of which I am a member:
So very proud of my 18-year old daughter (recovered/ing anorexic) today for speaking to a group of parents today about how they can help their children in treatment. A few of her pearls of wisdom: "Don't listen to us when we're sick--we WILL lie to you," "Don't EVER back down when it comes to getting the food in," "Eat what you ask your child to eat (yes, even if you yourself don't need or want to gain weight. Maybe even especially in those circumstances.)," "Trust the professionals" and finally, "You have to believe you are fighting for your child's life, because an anorexic will always choose death over weight gain--so take the choice away."
The (recovered/recovering) in the first sentence is because while I believe that one is "in recovery" when there are no symptoms of the disease present, but that there is always a chance of relapse with this type of disorder, she considers herself fully recovered--and, indeed, she presents right now as someone with no disorder at all. The most amazing thing is that she weighs about 10 lbs. more than she did when she left treatment both times and her attitude about it is "whatever" and "I'm going surfing now."
Life is both baffling and amazing at times!