1. Jodi
    October 22, 2018 @ 12:16 pm

    Two high school seniors here, each “at risk” in their own way.

    Achingly beautiful poem. Most of us will be lucky. For some of us, it will indeed be screaming in the wind.


  2. The B Side
    October 23, 2018 @ 8:21 am

    I felt this.


  3. Mary Moore
    October 28, 2018 @ 5:37 pm

    Thanks for putting our thoughts and feelings into to such wonderful words. I read so many of your blogs and I know “Someone understands Someone knows” And I helps.


  4. Dana
    November 23, 2018 @ 9:19 pm

    Oh Carrie, this one made me catch my breath. My husband and I have two boys, now ages 17 and 19. We did all the “right things” like you listed–signed the homework logs, Sunday church and brunch together, dinners together, family outings, game nights, limited screen time, cooked together, read stories, I am a teacher so I had summers with them–beach Mondays, library Tuesdays, museum Wednesdays and on and on. And at age 16 the older one overdosed in our living room and we didn’t even know he was taking drugs. And just like that everything we thought we knew went out the window. I tell you what–calling 911 for your own son and not knowing what to tell the paramedics what he took and having a police detective meet you at the hospital because they have to follow up on drug issues makes you question your fitness as a parent. Follow that with 8 weeks of inpatient rehab two hours away. Holy cow. What I am trying to say in such a clumsy way–it can happen to anyone. We are all doing the best we can with what is in front of us. We too thought we did all the right things (not that we were perfect parents, that’s not what I mean). We have been married for 23 years, stable home, decent neighborhood, nothing that would outwardly suggest that our 16 year old was taking every pill he could get his hands on and following those up with cocaine chasers. He is on a decent path now but it has been a long road and I don’t kid myself that it couldn’t happen again.
    Prayers for all of us.


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