Share Your Story!

Do you have an interesting story about dealing with your mother? Or your father? How about a friend or relative, or any other difficult relationship you’ve had to work through? Well, here’s where you can share your story with us, and read and comment below on other stories you, the reader, have shared with us!

9 Responses to Share Your Story!

  1. Karen says:

    Living with five other girls on a college campus can obviously be stressful, and we can all get on each others’ nerves a lot. Even so, I love my roommates like they were my sisters. Because I love them so much, it makes it very difficult when one of them has a serious problem. One of my roommates suffers from depression, and at random points she’ll come home crying inconsolably. I try my best to make her feel better and let her know that she is loved, but it is so difficult when it doesn’t even seem as if she loves herself. Earlier this year, she finally started seeing a therapist and was prescribed medication to help her deal with her depression and anxiety. I was so happy that it seemed to really work, and I would tell her this. Unfortunately, she recently lost her insurance, due to her mother losing her job. Now she cannot afford to get the medication she needs and her moods are hitting her harder than ever. I try to do whatever I can to make her happy and to boost her self-esteem. This girl is one of my best friends and it hurts me so much that I often feel like I cannot do anything to help her.

    I just thought that I’d share this, since sometimes a relationship can be difficult without anyone being at fault. It’s difficult, but I still feel like despite this problem, this person is still worth being friends with, and I will stand by her even when she is at her lowest.

    • Donna says:

      Thanks so much for sharing your story. It must be really tough to see a good friend go through something so difficult. Although you may feel so helpless I’m sure having you there trying to keep her spirits and self-esteem up means a lot to her and can make all the difference. I think by showing your constant support of your friend and always being there for her you are helping more than you think.

  2. John says:

    When in college, living with someone is not something that happens easily. Sharing space is always difficult. However, sharing space with one person can be easier than with another. Living with one particular roommate in college was not easy.

    At first everything seemed to be working out fine. He even made me coffee in the morning, sometimes even an occasional easy-over egg with toast. But everything went sour.

    I’m not the neatest person. I’m actually pretty messy, and he on the other hand was very clean. He spent a lot of time cleaning the apartment. This of course worked against me. For any mess, he blamed me. Some food got on his desk, and he blamed me.

    He had a cat, and while he was cute and fluffy, he made the apartment stink. To remedy this, I sprayed a lot of air fresheners. My roommate didn’t like the smell of the air fresheners, and even claimed he was allergic to them.

    After many more disagreements, we made it through the semesters. But we never were roommates again.

  3. Lynda says:

    Thank you for telling such an interesting mother-daughter story. In my opinion there aren’t nearly enough films about realistic family relationships or about relationships between women. In depth and humorous mother-daughter stories are even more rare and you obviously have a lot of material here to create a compelling story. I look forward to the feature!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Your story is so inspiring!! I just wanted to say that I wish my sister could have seen your film before our mother passed! Can’t wait for the film to be finished!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Your film looks really interesting. I’ve known a few people close to me who have had difficult relationships with their families. So I’m looking forward to being able to watch this film with them when it comes out.

  6. Anonymous says:

    My parents have been divorced since I was really little. When I was about eleven, my dad started seeing this woman who put a large strain on mine and my sister’s relationship with our father. She was unkind and made us feel like we were unimportant in our dad’s life. It was obvious that he wasn’t even happy with her, and when he saw his daughters crying, why didn’t he stop it? Fathers are supposed to wipe your tears away, never watch them fall. I began to wonder, did he really care about us? She was making him choose between his daughters and her. Then after about three years of this, I received an email from her that told me what a horrible person I was, how my sister and I were poison, how my dad would rather be with her than his daughters. Each word hurt me, and I wished I could just have my dad back. I forwarded the email to him, and he was furious. My dad finally realized how ridiculous and toxic she was. We haven’t seen or heard from her since, and I believe I have become stronger as a result of this experience as a whole. I also now have and amazing relationship with my dad. We do nothing but laugh together, and I still feel like his little girl whenever I spend time with him. I know that my dad will always be there for me.
    I just thought I would share this because our relationships with our parents can truly shape the people we become. I can’t wait to see your film!

  7. Paula Valerio says:

    Have had my share of issues & therapy with both parents who never sought help for their issues. Dad has been gone 20yrs but mom remains with feelings strained. She had a girl and a boy in the 50’s. 10 yrs later 3 more girls were born. The baby died as an infant which probably left her with depression and anxiety raising 2 toddlers and 2 teens. As the youngest toddler, I was shy and not allowed to express myself. Tho I felt I had such instinct intellect, mom’s mantra was “You always have to have the last word!” She was beatn as a child and passed that onto me with wooden cutting board beatings so hard, one time the thick board broke. I heard sooo many times “I should have never had a 2nd family” (My sister & I) Now grown the older children (1st fam) live in NJ and an hour away. They see her a few times a yr. The younger ones in town are there for her on a reg basis, holidays, and to transport her via wheelchair to Dr appts and events. What makes this period of life so difficult is that she cherishes the ones she sees infrequently (always a party when they arrive) and complains, never caters to and seems satisfied with us the close ones she wished she never had. Despite conversations trying to resolve this, she becomes the victim and makes those hurting out to be bad. We are realizing we can’t change her but as life is short it is unfortunate that these will be our memories. How blessed are those whose issues are finally understood and they part feeling valued and appreciated!

  8. Marjorie Polk says:

    I grew up in Massapequa in a large (unusual) Jewish family. Our Mothers are cut from the same mold. I did succumb and got the nose job. My whole life my weight was an issue for my Mom. If my hair was short, she told me I should grow it. If I let it grow, she told me I should cut it. My Mother, like yours, at 60, had her eyes lifted and permaliner on her lids.
    She passed away at 89 in 2013, and as she aged she became a much kinder, gentler person. I think the onset of dementia made her fearful and therefore nicer as she became dependent on me. Her other children lived out of state. She was critical to us all, to some of her grandchildren, to some of our parenting styles, etc. But at the end of the day, we laughed a lot, and I loved her. I miss her everyday and I try so very hard not to make the same mistakes with my own children.

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