March 7, 2015

After reading Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin, I reflected on being a family member of someone with a differently wired brain. This poem is a personal response to a different issue with brain-wiring that has touched my life.

Once I started a little poem,
“Keys, wallet, watch.
One, Two Three.
Our dear Steve
Has OCD.”
It wasn’t really very nice–
I knew it had a touch of playground taunt.
Maybe more than a touch.
I felt sorry.
I knew compulsions were real.
And the obsessions painful.
Yet, at certain times,
and over time,
some of the most difficult things
have given way to such endearing things.
For example, scooping ice cream so that
there are no dips in the top.
The ice cream remains pristinely flat.
Jello in a round bowl is eaten precisely
as jello pie.
Perfect triangles.
9×13 casseroles are evened out in rows.
No partial rows.
Our shoveled paths of snow are straight and neat.

I imagine how hard it is to have a wife who rarely does anything the same way twice.

Sometimes when I park the car, I get an “A.”

I hope it helps.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Robyn Bindrich
    Mar 07, 2015 @ 22:37:43

    Beautiful imagery. It’s hard to be understanding and sensitive, to value others’ differences…. thank you for sharing this.


  2. eloularson
    Mar 07, 2015 @ 22:42:25

    Thanks for sharing. An interesting reflection.


  3. jehansen13
    Mar 07, 2015 @ 22:49:21

    I think it’s so important to understand and respect the different ways that people think and are wired. This is a great way to honor these differences!


  4. travelinma
    Mar 07, 2015 @ 22:54:17

    I found that I was filled with emotion as I read this…..I don’t know what to say.


    • mgminer
      Mar 08, 2015 @ 22:28:17

      That’s okay. Living with someone with OCD is challenging, but everyone has challenges. This one just happens to be mine. Thank you for responding. It means a lot to me.


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