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My Democrat/O.C.D. Connection

Donald103 Wrote: Feb 23, 2013 10:44 AM
I am sorry for your childhood loss and for your O.C.D. My father died when I was ten, but I had a second father in my mother's father and a cherishing extended family, and, most of all, a very loving mother. Fortunately I have not had O.C.D. although I am very orderly set very high standards so that some of my friends think that I am too much that way. I was in the Harvard College class of 1944, but the leftism did not rub off on me. Functioning good fathers are highly needed and too many children are growing up fatherless. Growing up is hard enough without any extra handicaps. It's been a long time since I was a child-I'm 91.

When I was almost 6 years old, my father died in a car crash.  It was the early 60’s, so back then people didn’t really worry about the effects of trauma on children.  “Children are resilient” and “They’ll bounce back” were the accepted sagacity of the day; so children, like me, were left to their own devices to try and make sense of things like life and death and loss of control.

Soon after my father's death, strange little obsessions started coming out of me.  The first was what I called “circle drawing” in which I would draw thousands...