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  1. That's a great letter, and your daughter is adorable.
  2. I'm so sorry about your cats. That is really sad. Like everybody else has said, no, it's not you fault. Cancer is one of those nasty things that can happen to any of us, especially as we get older. I think some of us with depression are quick to blame ourselves for anything that goes wrong, but that is the depression talking, and depression lies.
  3. They really do. Dogs are so much nicer.
  4. Nice paragraphs, Mark. Viscious_cycle, I wish I could tell you something profound that would help. I can tell you that you are definitely not alone. I'm 63 and I know there are many of us who's lives didn't work out as we'd hoped and expected. And depression is an awful disease at any age. I'm glad you're getting treatment for it. I also think you're on the right track to be looking into volunteering. That can give you a sense of purpose and get you out in the world, so it can help you as well as others. I'm so glad to hear there are other people who rescue worms. I do that, and some of the people I know think I'm crazy.
  5. Sorry you had such a bad day. As others have said, you handled it great. Also I understand about loving your pets even when they sometimes behave in ways that cause problems for you. I don't know what I'd do without my dogs.
  6. This is a really interesting topic. I wish I had something valuable to add. It's good to read responses and be reminded that our feelings are valid even though there are people in worse situations. I sometimes find myself thinking "worse things have happened to better people so I have no business feeling bad about my life." Then I feel bad about feeling bad, which doesn't help. Maybe we can all try to be more understanding toward each other by remembering that the other person may be dealing with something bad we don't know about. Maybe while we're at it we can try to be more understanding toward ourselves by remembering that we really are dealing with crap in our own lives.
  7. Hang in there, David. You are an inspiration. I really admire the way you are working so hard to deal with difficult problems. I'm glad you're not isolating and that you have found a support group that helps. I have a relative who is a recovering alcoholic, and he says AA has saved his life.
  8. This all sounds good. I'm glad things are going so well for you.
  9. I'm so sorry for your loss. I know how hard it is to lose a beloved pet.
  10. Maybe he thought the mouse was a tiny little dog.
  11. I have two pit bulls. I know what a lot of people think about the breed, but these two dogs are the sweetest and friendliest I've ever known. I'll never forget the first time we took the male to the vet. A vet tech was kneeling in front of him sticking a needle into his front leg to get blood for a heart worm test, and he was sitting there licking her face.
  12. Certainly it could be worse. It will undoubtedly get worse. That thought doesn't cheer me up all that much.
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