I feel like I’ve really made it as a blogger. I woke up this morning to find an anonymous comment on an old post.
You have such a bad attitude!!! I have a six year old son who has SOTOS and I've been through hell and back with him, family members, therapists, medical doctors, and specialists but my attitude is completely different than what you have portrayed through your free lance writing. Your attitude sucks. I know it's not easy being a mom to a child with SOTOS but you need to change your outlook and look for the positive things your son does, verses the annoying things and things you hate! It really upset me reading your blog....Yep, that’s me – only looking at the annoying things my son does and things I hate. Let’s go ahead and do the line-by-line, shall we?
“You have such a bad attitude!!!” Anon, you have to trust that your writing is strong enough to imply the multiple exclamation points. At most, you need one exclamation point at the end of a sentence. At best, you should only use them when using an interjection (Oh!), or when starting a statement with an interrogatory word (What a crazy idea!). If you have to use three exclamation points to get your point across, you really haven’t done a good job with your writing.
“I have a six year old son who has SOTOS and I've been through hell and back with him, family members, therapists, medical doctors, and specialists but my attitude is completely different than what you have portrayed through your free lance writing.”
OK, Anon, if you do, in fact, have a six-year-old son with Sotos syndrome, you need to learn that the syndrome is named for the researcher who originally identified it, Juan Sotos. It is spelled with a capital S and lowercase otos. Props for not adding an unnecessary apostrophe, though. We’ll ignore your run-on sentence and splitting freelance into two words. So, your attitude is completely different from mine. I’m sure you never have bad days when you call a friend and cry. I’m sure that when you spend an hour working with your child on sounding out a six word story and he still doesn’t get it, you smile and say, “Oh, well. You sure are cute.” That sounds totally healthy to me.
“Your attitude sucks.” Repetitive, anon, but don’t you agree that it’s much better without the unnecessary exclamation points?
“I know it's not easy being a mom to a child with SOTOS but you need to change your outlook and look for the positive things your son does, verses the annoying things and things you hate!” Yep, that’s me, always looking for a way to criticize my son. Never looking for the positive. Not here or here, that’s for sure.
I started this blog so that I would have a place to share my fears and frustrations. When things are going well, I don’t need to vent. I am busy hanging out with my kids and my husband and enjoying life. When things are bad, then yes, yes I do complain about it. I come here and I get all the complaints out so that I can go back to my real life and be a good mom, a good wife, a good friend.
Yes, I have complained a lot over the years. In particular, when I was at rock bottom. This blog, during those times, probably saved my sanity, if not my life.
“It really upset me reading your blog....” Here’s a wacky idea, anon. DON’T READ IT if it upsets you so much. This blog is my lifeline. My life is not all sunshine and roses. Raising a child with special needs is not like a Chicken Soup for the Soul story. It is hard work down here in the trenches, and I show up for work EVERY DAY. If I need to bitch to my coworkers a little around the water cooler, so be it.
To quote Julie at A Little Pregnant, "The Internet is full. Go home."
P.S. If you actually go through and read my whole blog, you'll see that I LOVE to do this to anonymous commenters.