Photo by MaryLouiseRossHarris ...March 2007
I don't like to feel anger but I think it is healthy to feel and
acknowledge that it is there...then learn from it and move on.
I also think that it would be un-natural to say or pretend that
there is no anger while watching someone you love disappear from your life.
Maybe, I am the un-natural one for feeling and acknowledging
my anger at Peggy from time to time.
I love Peggy dearly but I still feel abandoned by her in many ways.
I struggle with feeling anger towards my sister because I know that she would have never chosen this path for her life. She had no say in disappearing from the lives of all who love her.
I feel bad sometimes because it feels like that I am the only one who feels this anger or will acknowledge it.
Peggy has been and always be a special person in my life.
I have to think about my anger when it rears its ugly head.
It forces me to sort out and understand where it is coming
from and how to handle it.
I feel this is the only way that I can grow as a person and as Peggy's sister.
I think of my anger as a tea pot boiling on a stove.
Once I reach the boiling point and spew out my feelings
I can remove the heat, which is the anger under the pot.
Only then can I think, sort and understand some of the
mixed feelings that I encounter from time to time
where Peggy is concerned.
I love her, no matter what. She is in my prayers all through the day
and if I wake up in the night.
I have felt anger toward Peggy during our lives as sisters.
I always told her why I was angry and she shared
her anger with me.
I think that if you love someone, you care enough to get angry.
I'm not talking about destructive anger but constructive anger.
Maybe, even a little poor me anger from time to time.
I love and care about my sister, Peggy and...
I'm still angry that she went away!
I think that is a OK statement to make because if our fates were reversed, Peggy would be giving you an ear full of her anger
about my leaving!
That's just the way the Ross girls feel about one another.
We love each other enough to get angry and share that anger with one another but always with care.
Anger doesn't need to be loud and abusive.
It may be hurtful but it can be a stepping stone to growth
if one is willing to learn.
I think that I grow each time that I am honest and
acknowledge that I have feelings of anger concerning Peggy.
It does not hurt Peggy and will not hurt me if I understand
where it is coming from and strive to learn as I go through
this long process of watching her disappear.
I know that I grow each time that I refuse to sit in the anger
for very long.
I have found that I never have to sit in my pool of anger
for very long before I learn something interesting about myself.
I have learned that if I sat in my pool of anger for to long...
I would drown and be of no help to anyone.
I have learned so much while watching Peggy disappear.
I have learned that I can be angry with the disease and with Peggy
and it is OK to have those feelings.
I have learned to jump into the pool of my anger, swim around for awhile, get out and dry off.
I Love You, Peggy and thank you for teaching me how to swim.
I'm perfecting the back stroke, the butterfly and the
quick underwater turns.
You will be proud to know that I am swimming better every day!
I Love You Today, Peggy!