"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the well being of our own children is intimately linked to the well being of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. When one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will commit it. The good life for our own children can be secured only if it is also secured for all other people's children. But to work for the well being of all children is not just a practical matter-- it is also right!"
- Lilian G. Katz, Phd.
I have started using this term, and wanted to give people a reference on why.
Last week, Konal had a psychotic break, and was hiding under an umbrella. As his staff and I worked on talking him down, he actually started to tell us what was wrong. He was hiding from blood rain and falling bodies. He was very upset because apparently the bodies were his family, heavily featuring me. (This is not unusual)
As we dealt with this episode and finally got him calm and in bed, I started chatting with a dear friend on MSN. I told her about this as a way of processing about how it was raining blood and bodies.
The next day, I referenced it again during a conversation, and she told me that she thought I was being metaphorical. Nope, this is my real life.
I thought about that, and decided that when things get bad now, raining blood and bodies is the perfect way to describe it.
Tonight, it was raining blood and bodies, but now he is in bed, and the house is calm and peaceful. I can retreat into my world for a bit, chat, surf, work, & whatever else I need to do to keep sane.
Because some nights I wonder if sanity is all it is cracked up to be.