I wanted it in my gut and wish I could reach out and support every single one of the Galvin children, parents too.via my blog: https: //bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/'Mary ’ s grandmother is well practiced at laughing off moments like these, behaving as if somethin is strange.
To do somethin else coul be the same as admitting that she lacks any real control over the situation- that she might not nderstand what is happening in her house, much less how to stop it. 'Hidden Valley Road is the retellin of family, created by Don and Mimi Galvin ( ten boys and two girls) picked apart by the ravages of schizophrenia, a disease that takes the foundation of the family and ‘ permanently tilted it in anothe direction of the sick family member ’.
Soon followed more children, born while her husband came and went for his career, at times he was home from Georgetown ( finishing his degree) and Rhode Island to the Navy ’ s General Line School.
Focused always on his career, which came first, Mimi was left either trailing after him with the children or awaiting his return alone with their offspring.
Mimi rushed headfirst into raising her children all on her own without the ai of nannies, family anyone.
She would raise her boys to be cultured through art, music, nature and as more children came ( if Don had his way Mimi would be pregnant forever) she worked even harder at being the best mother anyone could be; their clan would be the ‘ model ’ American family.
Personally, as mother with two children I found her enthusiasm and energy incredible, I get tired just thinking about it.The dynamic in the couples marriage changed, Don ’ s career in intelligence yet another thing to keep Mimi at a distance, while she remained the rock for the children through the years, the one left to supervise, a ‘ happy warrior ’.
Battling the common childhood illnesses like chicken pox, everyone knowing their chores, cooking, cleaning, for a large family is a mean feat but battling a little understood mental illness in a time where there wasn ’ t much compassion to be found in anyone straying from the social norms was a terrible mark against you.
The embarrassment of their rother ’ s illness a thing they felt ashamed about and resentful of.I can ’ t do justice in a review, it ’ s ard to explain what the entire Galvin family went through, the ope, the ear, the denial and sexual abuse.
Parenting is difficult enough, much of what we eny is fear motivated, comes form a place of love, and sure sometimes our own egos.I ’ m s drawn to stories and studies about mental illness.
I have a schizophrenic uncle, my own son is on the autism spectrum ( he isn ’ t the only one in our extended family) … but for my ncle, I have seen how people fear mental illness, the hopelessness of my grandmother ( when she was still alive) and yet immense love and support for her on who would not take his medication, and lives the life of a loner, often taken advantage of and there is nothing anyone can do.