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Hello my #Exvangelical fam. I got like... a ton of new followers yesterday so welcome! Good to see you. You're just in time for me to FINALLY END THIS DAMN BOOK. Hooray! Don't worry, more awful content to come, we'll get to that later. Let's just get through this today.
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So this chapter is ABSURD and I'm not totally sure how it's going to shake out and I spent the weekend with one of the most amazing human beings I've ever met so I'm floating and sad that they're gone and pleased thinking how mad Dobson would be about the weekend I just had. ;)
Let's see how it goes! This chapter is called "An Open Discussion with Teens" and he starts out in the MOST condescending way possible, explaining to kids essentially what an interview is. Which is truly amazing. I don't... I'm sure someone doesn't know but you could pick it up?
He says things like "you may be surprised to learn that I didn't write the remainder of this book, nor did any other author." and "it may take you a few minutes to get accustomed to reading a person's name before knowing what he or she said, but you'll soon adjust."
So we are going to start out by meeting our four kiddos. I honestly want to say he just made these kids up but apparently they recorded this conversation and I assume it was on the audio version (Those of you who listened to this, please confirm?) so maybe not then.
The first kiddo is named Gaylene. She is going to be 16 in June, whenever that is. Dobson says "You've told us your name and how old you are but WHO are you, Gaylene? What kind of person are you? What things do you like?" I hate him so much. I'm probably just going to repeat that
Gaylene says that she is in drama, some club called the Junior Jesters, she's done several plays. Yep, she would say that was the most important thing about her "but even this interest is just a front, because the real me is hiding beneath it somewhere." Idk... what that means?
Or like I actually have a theory that it means something more along what *I* believe about teenagers, which is functionally that kiddos do choose interests and such but those things are NOT who they are, just different things they're trying on. But this isn't Dobson's theory.
And in fact here he tells Gaylene that they'll get back to that interesting point, but I don't think they ever do. I'm pretty sure that was just a way of ignoring what she said. I'll keep an eye out for it and see if I'm just forgetting.
Anyway, next is Darrell. Darrell is 16yo. He's been elected Youth President at his church, which is a thing I know nothing about but sounds awful. He's excited though. He also loves debate. He has an interesting observation also (I have to pull them because Dobson won't).
He says "Ever since I was small I've liked literature and speech more than science and math. I guess I was just brought up that way."
I think actually you WERE brought up that way, Darrell. Particularly with science, lots of reasons why Evangelicals tend away from that.
When we were doing the #ExposeChristianHomeschooling tag, someone made a post about how we couldn't do science or math but BOY WE COULD SURE READ. And I laughed really hard because that was sure af true for almost everyone I knew. Reading levels were always pointed to as success.
It's easier to control reading than science, science is seen as more dangerous for many, I think (even though boy do I think reading ended up being pretty dangerous for most of us). And who knows. Maybe this kid just didn't excel there. But I DO think it is a pattern we see.
Next kiddo is Ceslie. She's recently been thinking about what she wants to do and she thinks it is get married and have kids. Dobson asks what she thinks about "people who say that having a family and being a housewife is not worthy of a woman's time?" The way so many people say.
Ceslie responds with "I don't agree with them, but that's just for me because I'm that kind of a person. I like doing housework and I like cooking and things like that."
I mean... darling. It's FINE if you want to be a homemaker. But it's okay to try things too? You've got time.
Ceslie is "going to be 17." Dobson pokes fun at them, says they've all added a year to their age. Untrue, actually. Only the girls have, which may mean nothing or may mean that the girls particularly feel the need to strive to be taken seriously. Just saying.
He makes a dumb joke about how in 15 years you'll be trying to bring the number down. Which is... not true. I am almost 35 and have never wanted to claim to be younger than I am, but sure. You do you, Dobson.
Onto the last kid!
Our final kid is Page who is 16. Page is a male, and I don't know if I've actually met a male named Page before, which makes me wonder if the name is one of those that has switched genders over time? Anyway. He's 16 and his "greatest love is sports."
Dobson tells us Page is a great basketball player, that they played together last week. As we all may or may not recall, Dobson really loves basketball. He was apparently very impressed by Page's jump shot.
He starts doing that thing he does where he like pounds on the negative.
He explains to the kids how SOME kids feel like they are worthless losers and are dumb and ugly and poor and... seriously he just keeps going. Basically he would love it if the kiddos would talk to him about inferiority (again, can't say self esteem) and their experiences.
He also says, "I once read a book written by comedian Woody Allen in which he said that his only regret in life was that he wasn't somebody else. He is not alone in these thoughts."
1) True. I also wish Woody Allen were somebody else and not a sexual predator.
2) That aged well.
He says that these 4 kiddos look like they've "got it all together" and look super confident and relaxed but maybe they have also experienced this. He wants to know if they have "ever been disappointed with the person they've become?" They're 16. They haven't BECOME anyone yet.
So Gaylene starts again. She explains that these feelings hit her in the beginning of jr high. She starts out by saying that her dad died after her 5th grade year and then... basically never mentions this again. I feel that PROBABLY would impact your emotions but whatever.
Apparently after this they moved in with her grandparents and got involved in church and that's how she met Jesus, so I guess dad dying was worth it! Also, important question, does that mean dad's in hell? I mean, if the family wasn't Christian before? No need to linger tho!
Seriously, Dobson just basically ignores everything she said about her dad and moves straight into how the jr high years are a common period for feelings of inferiority. GOD he would be an awful therapist. He's not even subtle about his agenda. Then he just moves right on.
Darrell tells us that he was doing okay in school in jr high, but in church he felt different from all his friends. Particularly because he really enjoyed school and he wasn't involved in the jr high church activity stuff. He went to a beach trip and was excited but it went badly
He came home and was sobbing about it, poor kiddo.
Dobson pushes more on the friend thing, and Darrell explains that his friends just didn't like school, wouldn't study if something wasn't on the test, it wasn't cool to care like he did. And he closed himself off for a long time
Basically since he had tried being open and it hadn't worked out, he tried to be closed (his words) and only recently has that changed. Dobson praises him for this, says probably all the other kids had the same experiences, were worried about being laughed at in that way.
Dobson says that "a mother told him" about her 7th grade daughter waking up at 5:30 every morning, laying in bed for an hour wondering "How can I get through this day without making a mistake that will cause people to laugh at me?"
1) How does mom know this?
2) Sounds serious.
Like for real, that sounds like some fairly crippling anxiety. The kiddo is losing sleep every day trying to take apart possible ways they may mess up. That's not like normal concerns and maybe a psychiatrist should recognize the danger there... but no. Moving along!
Ceslie jumps in to tell us about how she was very short in jr high and... I guess felt bad about that? She doesn't really talk about that. Instead she talks about a girl at her school that everyone called "Big Bertha" who was 5'8" and was really mean. One day Bertha kicked her.
Ceslie was very sad and cried and her parents called the principal but also told Ceslie to treat Bertha just like anyone else because she was "embarrassed about being too large." Okay, that is poor framing. She is probably embarrassed because people are shitty to her.
Like her size is only a problem because people have made it a problem. Which Dobson... KIND OF says? He basically says that people either pull into themselves or get angry when they feel inferior and then points out she must have felt awful with everyone being so mean.
Ceslie says she just kept trying to smile at them and they seemed mad but left her alone. Dobson asks if she has come to accept herself and she says she's still working on that. Dobson assures her she'll be working on that her whole life because he is comforting.
Page explains that HIS problem when he was younger was that he had broken his leg and had to wear elevated shoes, which made him feel really embarrassed. He talks a bit about how he always wanted to be a great athlete and be seen as THAT, which I think is interesting.
Particularly since he has made so much of his identity sports at the moment, there's clearly something there that might be connected to this time when he felt physically not okay and this helps... anyway. Dobson doesn't care about any of this obviously.
He only points out that they've all felt the SAME things, essentially trying to point out that his theory is correct and they are all proving it correct. He wonders if there are ways to avoid these difficult things.
Gaylene said she tried to do that by choosing the wrong friends
There were "two groups of people at school." Apparently one lied to their parents and partied and the other tried to be more responsible because "they believed being wild wasn't going to fulfill their lives." Again, the way teenagers normally talk, for sure.
She struggled to choose between these groups and again *I* feel the need to point out that her dad had just recently died and she was probably dealing with a lot of grief and isolation and acceptance from peers was even MORE important, but there's no room for that narrative.
She agrees when Dobson asks if she felt a lot of pressure to do the wrong thing, Dobson segues into that's why kids do drugs - "It's not the drugs that attract kids - the problem is that they lack the courage to choose the right group." Okay but... also the drugs are fun?
Darrell jumps in to talk about how he felt like he had to follow rules of his peers, like "being cool" and he agrees when Dobson asks if he had to follow what they wore and how they talked and what slang to use. He says you convince yourself this is what you want anyway.
Dobson then asks if any of them have ever been offered drugs. Gaylene says in jr. high there was a poster about the dangers of taking drugs and she was looking at it and someone came up and said "Look nice, don't they?" She claims they were offering them right there!
I'm not... actually sure if that was true? She doesn't actually include that in the story. Someone may have just been teasing her or making a joke or any number of things. Saying the drugs looked nice doesn't automatically mean they were selling...? Idk.
Tell me when you were first offered drugs, kids. A guy on a bus tried to sell weed to a friend and me when I was about 12. I didn't know what it was, it was in a film canister, my friend had to explain it to me. I think I mostly found the whole experience pretty exciting.
But Gaylene went home and told her mom, who was totally horrified and said that never happened when she was a kid, which... idk. If this interview was recorded in the 80's, then that probably means the parents grew up in the 60's and 70's so...? When exactly did that not happen?
Ceslie has never been offered drugs because she always hangs around with the not wild, quiet kids (who obviously never take drugs). Page interrupts her and says that his parents would ALSO have a hard time believing drugs are available at school but "society has changed."
I want to say kids don't talk this way but I *definitely* talked that way as a kid. He claims he's worried about when he has kids, "How are we going to face this situation with our kids, if we've taken drugs and done wrong things? What answers can we give to our children?"
I mean, kiddo. Everyone makes mistakes. Ideally you'll be honest with your kid about what you feel was a mistake, try to be open to talking with them, everyone DOES wrong things. That's okay. Drugs aren't great for your brain right now, that's true.
Idk. I don't ever want to sound like I'm super condoning teen drug use exactly, it's true it's not great for the developing brain. But I also work with teens and I am a big supporter of harm reduction and developmental models and sometimes stuff happens. Kids survive. It's okay.
Ceslie thinks their problems are because they don't talk to their parents enough. She seems maybe a little jealous that Gaylene was able to talk to her mom, says she couldn't but she thinks it is really important to be able to talk openly "and not worry how they'll respond."
That's the sort of thing that raises red flags for me. What kinds of responses are you getting, Ceslie? What are you worried about hun? Is everything okay? I mean, it also sucks because evangelicalism teaches parents to respond in damaging ways, even if they don't want to.
Dobson asks if Darrell has talked to his parents. Darrell says drugs aren't an issue but adults are important and sometimes they're out of touch. Describes being in class one day and they smelled weed and were all giggling and the teacher was like "what's that marvelous smell?"
Darrell says he does talk to his dad about things. His mom is... "I'm not saying she's narrow-minded, but because my dad has had more experiences he's more flexible. He's a minister and so he knows how to counsel people with problems." Huh. There's a lot there. But okay.
Anyway. Remember that beach trip that was so bad Darrell came home sobbing? His dad helped him with that partly by showing him that it was partly his fault. "You can cause people to make fun of you and that is what I had done." He got rid of those clothes the next day.
I... look, I want to say that Dobson stepped in and said SOMETHING, like maybe ANYTHING about the idea that it is a kid's fault when they are being bullied to sobbing and that the clothes you wear are maybe causing that and... yeah, he says nothing. Just moves along.
Page says he can talk to his dad best because he was a boy once himself. Page is grateful he's stayed in a good group and hasn't drifted from God, his father helped him with that, I guess. Dobson takes a minute to lecture them all on the importance of the friends you make.
Gaylene interjects that sometimes the nicest people aren't the most popular. We get our first (but not last) dose of ableism, when she talks about how she's dating a guy in a wheelchair and people ask her why she just doesn't date someone "normal" and she thinks that's unfair.
Page also feels pressure about asking a girl for a date because what if his friends don't think she's pretty.
Ceslie has been recently thinking about if a person would be a good marrying person because how they look won't matter when they get old anyway.
This is a thing I used to hear a lot which I think is... I mean, idk! I know when I was young I didn't think old people were attractive (for many internalized societal bullshit reasons). But even now at 35, I am like... there are many attractive older people to me?
So there's no reason to think that when I get old with a partner I won't still be attracted to them, what an odd thing to think? So yes, whatever. You're 16, probably you won't marry anyone you date, but yeah they should be nice but ALSO sexual attraction matters.
Darrell talks about how he's telling his little sister (now in jr. high) everything his dad was telling him then and he finds it so frustrating because her problems "aren't serious at all" because he's been through them. Which is... whatever.
I don't necessarily expect Darrell to realize it but in THEORY as an adult who specializes working with kiddos, Dobson should know that they were serious when Darrell went through them and serious now that his sister is. They're real in the moment for them. That's what matters.
He of course just says that that is the reason they are recording this, that maybe if someone is young none of this will make sense to them yet but when they start experiencing it themselves, it will all click into place. I do not recall this being the case, but sure.
Gaylene says she felt awful about her freckles when young. Darrell felt bad about acne. Dobson makes him explain what acne is. Dobson says that this is the reason he hates Barbie, because she's physically perfect and airbrushed, which is like... kind of true? Close to true?
I mean, she is unrealistic and literally an impossible human and... whatever. I don't care. I'm not going to argue with Dobson about Barbie.
There's more talk about pimples and how they show up at inconvenient times. I actually don't have a lot of experience with this.
I had some acne when I was a kid, I think almost everyone does. But I never had anything that was much of a big deal. My skin has always been pretty clear, which is a thing I definitely never appreciated as much as I should have. I don't remember ever being stressed about it.
There's a lot of cliche stuff about loving yourself as you are and true beauty is on the inside, and Dobson sites an anonymous study about how girls who were less attractive were more likely to be happily married in 25 years. And then of course it's all about Jesus.
Our beauty doesn't matter because true worth is on the inside and Jesus loves me exactly how I am and what an important and amazing message that is, etc.
At this point there was a break and when they come back they have a new person. An adult person (somewhat against the spirit of the chapter really) named Greg, who is apparently one of the people doing the recording. Greg has a story to tell that I have fucking QUESTIONS about.
Greg says he's a former addict and he wants to talk about that. According to Greg he started taking drugs "because he was inquisitive and bored and because it was an easy way of being entertained." Okay, maybe. He started with marijuana, as one does.
I will say, to his credit, when Dobson asks him if it led him into taking other drugs, he was like yeah no. No addiction factor anyway. But I was around people doing harder stuff and that led me to trying more things. Good for you, Greg. That's actually an unusual response here.
But then his story gets to my questions. Dobson asks when he started and he says grade school. Okay. I'm gonna need to run another poll here. What counts as grade school for you all when you think of that phrase?
For ME, I think of anything under jr high, which is REALLY young to be starting with drugs. Even jr high is on the younger side but less so. Like 5th or 6th grade though? Different developmental phases happening there, whole different ballgame. But wait! There's more!
He says that his friend's big sister "was really into doing drugs" and she was bringing home lids and having them roll joints out of them (Dobson makes him define these words). Sometimes she'd bring home a brick. He says she made them sit there and roll them, which took hours.
So... she's not just really into doing drugs, right? Friend's older sister is very definitely dealing drugs and using her little brother and his friends as child labor here? That's quite a scenario! Where were the parents? ANYONE'S parents? What was going on here??
Has he still not realized that's what was happening? Anyway, apparently he stole a couple joints at one point and that was the first time. He says he was the one who pressured his friends into trying it (a well known fact, obviously SOMEONE is always pressuring someone).
We skip over how he moved to other substances, although I am SUPER interested in both the how and the when. He says he was strung out all through high school, he mentions speed specifically. Maybe heroin? Hard to say if he was taking heroin or just explaining it.
But he was definitely saying he was on speed all through high school, describes like a pretty cliche scene of waking up every morning knowing you need to get your fix or you're going to feel really sick. He does not say what he did to get drugs or how he managed his habit.
He says drugs do NOT make you more creative and that there are no benefits to drugs afterwards of any kind. I... okay. Not a lot of benefits to speed, or to ANY drug when you are addicted. Bit of a blanket statement to make in general though. Whatever.
Dobson talks about that one time in this book when he made up a scene of someone being offered drugs in a car and asks what Greg thinks the imaginary person should do. Greg says it's difficult but he should know how important it is to say no because if he says yes it won't stop.
Also he should get rid of those friends because he won't be able to hang out with those people without doing drugs.
Dobson then asks about the role of inferiority in drug use, what did that look like, was it present in his experiences?
Greg says yes, absolutely, that people always say that they're not using drugs as an escape but that's always what it boils down to. This is also not true. I have definitely met addicts who do not admit they're using drugs as a coping mechanism but I've met MANY who do.
Greg says his feelings got worse after high school because he tried to be popular like everyone else and after high school that just wasn't a thing anymore. I... Greg, you've described yourself as strung out and looking for a fix every day. You were NOT also trying to popular.
Also no part of me believes that you were popular, for the record. Being addicted to speed does not really make you a super fun human being to be around? I also don't really believe that you... idk. Graduated? I guess it's possible but I want some details.
Dobson asks how he got all better and he says Jesus changed his life. Instantly apparently. He had a revelation from God, he prayed and his addiction was instantly gone. His addiction to drugs that started in GRADE SCHOOL, that literally shaped his brain, just gone. Okay.
Now we're back to the kids. Dobson asks them about physical changes. Gaylene had a rough time, she hit puberty early, sounds like she got her period in class and hadn't been warned (because her mom thought it would be later). She ran to the nurse's office sobbing. Poor kid.
Gaylene points out that when Dobson says they shouldn't be scared that's all fine and good but it's like when her mom tells her not to be afraid of bees, that she's allergic to. Dobson says that's totally different because there's a reason to be afraid of bees but not puberty.
As usual taking the concerns of the kids with the utmost gravity and concern. Fucker. On to Darrell.
Darrell was short for a while and felt bad about it, was super freaked out about being in PE and take showers in front of people. This is an experience I also never had.
Being homeschooled I never had PE at all, much less public showering and stuff. Tell me kids! I enjoy making polls for y'all. Was showering in PE as traumatic as the movies tell me that it is?
Gaylene also says that PE was terrible for her, everyone trying to hide between little towels. Dobson once again points out that everyone is feeling the same way, which I think is supposed to make them feel better but would not have made ME feel better at the time.
Page says he was uncomfortable about not being strong enough. Gaylene talks about how hard it was when boys and girls were in the same gym for PE, feeling self-conscious. Darrell also says there's a lot of bullying at those points and talks about how guys used to pants other guys
He follows that by saying that he always watched over his shoulder, that "you have to be careful, you have to watch out, not put yourself in a vulnerable position. You can't do too much to avoid being humiliated but you can help a little."
I am... very worried about Darrell tbh.
Dobson is not worried about Darrell because he doesn't care about any of these kids and instead just points out that they all seem very concerned and most vulnerable in front of the opposite sex (which also confirms his theories). Which I think that isn't entirely true.
Darrell says the being pantsed thing happened more when the girls were around but there actually wasn't much sign that it was the girls being there that caused it to be terrifying for him. That was just a sign that he was in danger. Some hypervigilance there for sure.
Anyway. Dobson invites ANOTHER recording adult person to come talk to them. His name is John and his is a way more boring story. Basically he didn't feel like he was attractive as a kid and now he knows that god has a reason for making everyone the way he did.
He gets super ableist and talks about a girl with a disability who uses crutches and in SPITE OF THIS SOMEHOW she is so kind and is always "building people up" and is "such a glory to God" and because she makes people happy, she gets to be happy in return. Which is... so gross.
This has nothing to do with anything really. Dobson says something about how flaws can cause someone to not use their talents and John says that was true with him for a whole but then he was the editor of the paper and found out he was a leader and things were just dandy.
Dobson tells a story about being in high school and how he was supposed to give his testimony, had a short speech prepared. But the person before him talked for like 30 minutes and told this beautiful story. And apparently Dobson was aware that he didn't have that.
So he just froze in front of the crowd and it was awful. He doesn't say what happened. I'm curious if he ran away or if he DID say something or...? Anyway. NOW of course he gets to speak all over the place but it is all a matter of *confidence* blah blah blah.
Gaylene says drama gave her confidence, that she was shy until she went on stage and now it's easy for her. John says as far as building self confidence, everyone has something they can do, even if it is "being able to make a bigger mudhole in your backyard than anybody."
Which is a truly bizarre example. I... what? Basically he says to find what abilities you might have and cultivate those things. Sure.
Page asks what if you fail at something new you try, that can make you feel so bad and then you are even worse off than you were?
John says just having had the courage to try says a great deal about you and that is a big deal but Page clearly has specifics on his mind that he is not sharing and says something about parents pushing you towards doing something that isn't right for you and then you feeling bad
Let me say what Dobson never will - you're right, Page! No one should be able to push you towards anything that you are super uncomfortable with. Learning to trust yourself should be a part of growing up. Your parents should be supportive and loving but not forcing you.
Dobson of course instead gives an example of a child needing to take those first frightening steps before they can run, how they often fall. The fear of falling can't stop us, etc. But like... that doesn't really answer the question, Dobson. And fuck off.
Ceslie talks about how she tried out for drill team even though she was scared. And they don't accept you unless you're good but she got on the team and now they're almost done with the season and it's not scary for her at all anymore. Good job, Ceslie.
Then Darrell talks about how you can't do anything without Jesus anyway, how it's a team effort and there's responsibility on your part to make sure that you do the right thing but that's not enough if you're just trying to do it on your own, etc.
Dobson agrees of course. Says "You can create your own empire and become the world's greatest authority on a given subject and earn a fortune, but unless God is in it, you have wasted your time."
I mean... I'm willing to test that theory, eh? ;)
I honestly hate this whole theology. Literally nothing you do will ever be enough. You are incomplete. You are useless. You are the reason for all failures in your life. It's so brutal and damaging and cruel. Presenting it as comfort doesn't remove the bite underneath.
They talk more about god and how he accepts us unconditionally. Ceslie is happy about it. Dobson asks Page if Jesus Christ is real to him and Page says yes but he has drifted away from the church at times... which like. Again. You are 16. What does that MEAN? Practically.
Dobson asks if growing up has been fun or difficult and painful? Gaylene says growing up has been fun but she sometimes thought she wasn't going to live through it, which is delivered a little flippantly but isn't really a flippant statement and I have QUESTIONS.
She wishes she could go back to 12 because she thinks there's a lot of things she would do differently. I find that interesting because 12 is after her dad died. If she's going back in time is that not a factor? Or IS it? SO MANY QUESTIONS. His lack of curiosity is infuriating.
And that's basically it. He thanks them all for being so honest, hopes that these words will help other kiddos as they are going through the pitfalls ahead of them. Etc. Etc.
There are like TWO MORE PAGES that are his "Final Message" and we will run over them very briefly because I want to be done with this book, please.
Basically it is a few points that he thinks are important for you to remember in adolescence.
The first point is that Today Is Not Forever. Basically just that things will pass, things will get better, it'll all end, things will be different later, and that can help you cope. And to some extent that's true. It is important to try to remember that if you can, I still do.
But I will also say that kids have lives where they have shockingly little power as a rule. Their lives are being run for them by a whole lot of people. And yes, 2 to 4 years isn't forever but if a kid is in a really abusive or traumatic situation that they have no agency in...
it sure seems like it is. When we get a kiddo who is like 14 years old and home is really bad that is TOUGH. They may even genuinely want to start working towards being healthy but how to do that while in the middle of trauma? Today is not forever... but it can feel like it.
Normality Will Return is the second point and this one makes no goddamn sense to me. Basically he's comparing adolescence to a dark and difficult tunnel that you're going through and sooner or later you'll come out the other side and you will be through it.
And okay, that part is true but that isn't normality returning. You aren't returning to where you were before, you are going through a profound change process and coming out a very different human. So I don't actually think this is relevant. Or not to the kids. Maybe to parents?
And finally is Your Very Best Friend, which is of course talking about Jesus. No matter what he will be there or whatever, blah, blah. And then...
"Even though you and I have never been introduced, I feel that this book has permitted us to become good friends."
He would love it if you would write him and tell him about your teen experiences. Even though he can't respond to every letter, he promises he reads them all. I don't... know when he wrote this part. I know it hasn't been true that he read every letter in a VERY long time. So...
He also says he hopes to meet you someday. I think we can safely say he does NOT hope to meet me someday. But boy, I would enjoy that encounter. Anyway. That's it! We're done. THAT IS THE WHOLE FUCKING BOOK! I hope it was useful/therapeutic for you.
*I* want to end by thanking every single person who has read these, everyone who has commented and shared and DM'd me and been so supportive. Also need to thank @ErikMKort who reads this garbage with me every week and helps me process and is generally amazing.
I would like to thank Dobson. No, really. It is was through THESE THREADS that I met my boo, @Ivefledged who is incredible. Also just think how apoplectic it would make him to be held responsible for our very queer relationship. We toast him every time we see each other.
I love all of you so much. Offer stands as usual, please comment and post. I love all of the comments, I read everything. DM me if you need or want to. This week will be crazy but I'll try to get back.
New book coming next week, but we'll talk about that later. Night fam!
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