Saturday, February 11, 2006
family, friends and those in need...
(I tried to give proper recognition to the artist who created this picture but couldn't find any name associated with it.)
I've been off of the posts for a bit. It seems "the wife" has a brother who has some pretty serious "issues" in his life. This particular brother and I are not at all fond of one another and we certainly don't share that "family spirit" however, he does have some issues. He's bi-polar (extremely). Is in real need of medication to control it and has a thousand different moods and "worlds" he wanders off to when he's on his bi-polar mood swings. Currently he's in an extremely depressed state. He's 51 years old and is unemployed. He's married. Why he's married is beyond me. I know his current wife (he's been married 4-5 times) has HUGE issues as well. Perhaps that was the attraction. Nevertheless, they're married and yesterday this very strange, very disturbed wife of 2 years has kicked him, this very strange, very disturbed person out of their home.
He has no job, his vehicle needs repairs, he has no friends and he has nowhere else to go so we opened our home to him... again... after telling him many times before the he wasn't going to live with us again.
You see, he and I have history. 29 years of history. Not good history. I don't respect those who abuse drugs, I have a problem with alcoholics and I truly have a problem with thieves and liars. He's had all of these quirks over the years and they're usually associated with his bi-polar mood swings... which he's in right now.
Since his mother died (she lived with us for over ten years) in August of 2004 he's been on long... real long mood swings. I mean, this last one has gone on for over a year. He's been thrown in jail, gone to prison, is on parole and is... quite frankly... really screwed up.
Being as he's "The Wife's" brother we just can't let him wander. He does need help but WOW, this is something else. I just wonder how many other people out there are in these same dire straits that he's in... how many are out there and how many just simply don't have anywhere to go. No one to turn to. No hope for help.
It's difficult to turn anyone away when they're in need... anyone.
So, it's going to be a long ride. I just wanted to vent I guess... to no one in particular, to those who care to read, to the blog... this internet diary of sorts.
Yep, a long ride.