Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Letter to Dr. Channing

Dear Dr. Channing, 

I realize that I'm the kind of person who will always need a therapist. 

Not that I'm "crazy" or anything, but just because it's such a relief to talk to someone who doesn't pre-judge me - someone who listens and supports me.

I've learned much over the years as your client ("patient"). I've learned that I don't have to be perfect and that it's okay if other's aren't perfect. THIS IS HUGE!

I recall our first session. I felt like Sybil (the girl with 25 personalities). But your patience and wisdom really helped me to see the truth. 

Maybe I'm "cured" but I would still like to see you anyway...I'm pretty sure there are some glitches in my psyche that will manifest themselves sooner or later.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Dr. Channing says I need to be more social so I participated in a Shakespeare reading group. I had read "Julius Caesar" and "Romeo and Juliet" in high school so the Bard is not a complete stranger.
The play was "The Comedy of Errors." I was expecting about 12 to 15 people. Alas, there were only six! Surprisingly, I was given one of the lead characters - Antipholus of Syracuse and his identical twin Antipholus of Ephesus.

It would have been intimidating if I were not already used to holding a book in my hands and reading the words out loud. I do this all the time at home. Not usually Shakespeare - more typically Lemony Snicket. However, the event was a success and I gave Dr. Channing a full report.

I do relate to Antipholus, as he thinks either he is mad or the world is mad.

 Am I in earth, in heaven, or in hell?
Sleeping or waking, mad or well-advised?
Known unto these, and to myself disguised?