National Grouch Day

“According to Sesame Street Magazine, October 15th is National Grouch Day — a day for all Grouches to celebrate their way of life.

A Grouch’s mission in life is to be as miserable and grouchy as possible, and pass that feeling on to everyone else. Only then will a Grouch feel in touch with his or her world and be happy. Yet, even though a Grouch may show happiness at anyone’s misfortune (including his or her own), a Grouch would never admit to being happy. Such is the stability of a Grouch’s life: so balanced, and yet so unbalanced.”
My family will tell you that this is very timely…for me…and that I have been a grouch for a couple weeks now.  but you’re not going to believe THEM are you?
Seriously, if we set aside the fact that I have become a contender for the title Wicked Witch of the West…I’m doing just fine.  Those of you that know me in real life probably think I’m kidding.  I wish I was.  It seems I need to process some anger from the past.  My therapist is working with me on this….both to help me not permanently damage my most important relationships, but also to help me direct the anger to where it belongs.  Which reminds me…I am going to disembowel the next person that tells me to forgive my abuser.  You have been put on notice.  (And you didn’t believe that I am grumpy. . .)   Both my Bishop and my Therapist know how I feel about the forgiveness topic, and are supportive…so don’t make me get out my sword.  Ok, I don’t have a sword…don’t make me find one on ebay and then find you.
Did I mention I am cranky? 
Happy National Grouch Day to you!


  1. The only thing that worries me about tleling people, even if it is the right time, is that some people tend to say I have that too or I happen to be bipolar too, so they will say Iget depressed too . Not the same thing. I want to slap them in the face and say when you are taking 10 different prescriptions then you know where I am. However there are people I have told that have been a great deal of help and I’m happy for tleling them. I some how feel more free.

  2. Hi Ben (and Elle),My sister was dinaogsed with DID about two years ago after one of the alters was caught shoplifting and everyone was taken to jail, booked, etc. Within a few weeks, she was let go from her twenty-five year, very successful career job as a teacher (teachers don’t commit crimes), went to bed, and that is where I found her (after she failed to return my calls for a week I knew something horrible was going on and drove the four hours to her home to find out what it was. I’d always realized Karen disassociated, had suffered more trauma in our dysfunctional home than even I had, and that I couldn’t quite figure out all of who she was, what was wrong . . .do you understand? Although Karen told me everything she knew that rainy afternoon I found her curled up tightly in her bed and quite a few altars have spoken with me since, I still can’t tell much of the time who I’m with and 99 percent of the time, all of them still pretend to be Karen, unwilling to identify themselves and seeming to want me to learn how to identify each one myself. I’m far from a stupid person, but after all this time I still can only guess at who I’m with most of the time. What can you share with me on how to learn to distinguish altars from one another? Thank you so much. Love to both you and Elle and all in her system, Julie

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