mental health

Ralph sighed and gazed at pebbles between his slippered feet.  He was unusually lucid today.   The sign says, “Mental health facility” but “It’s a madhouse here;” is what the residents say.  The words sting.

Three:  Four siblings, five cousins in grandma’s house.  Madhouse!

Eight: Moody stepfather, temper control set on mad.  Madhouse!

Nineteen: Off campus house with four college buddies. Madhouse!

Thirty-six:  Brief tenure as cut-throat attorney – Madhouse!

Forty-eight:  Stock broker.  –  Madhouse!

Fifty-two:  Bankrupt, wife left, ulcer surgery, auto repossessed, phone ringing.  Madhouse!

Sixty:  Echoing in his ears,  “It’s a madhouse here.”

Too lucid today; he regressed into silence.


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About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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4 Responses to IT’S A MADHOUSE HERE

  1. adayah ginn says:

    though little detail and information, I can relate to every word. madhouse stuck in my mind.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Adayah ginn, Thank you for reading and commenting on this post. Indeed there are far too many people who can look back and see “madhouse” periods in their lives. Life abound with conflicts and trouble. I am fortunate to have been born into a stable Christian family and finding my peace in Jesus Christ. Even so, I have had troublesome times in relationships and health. Jesus has been my comfort. I pray for your peace.

  2. Elizabeth Johnston says:

    Wow, very deep and kinda freaky. But I definitely understand the whole thing on “madhouse.” Just look at my life, it crazy. 😐😊

    • oneta hayes says:

      Life can be very sad and complicated for some folks. I was blessed by being born into a stable Christian family. Still have problems but they do not weight one down like they do to people who do not have hope in Christ. Elizbeth, do you have a blog.; I tried to find you, but couldn’t. If you do have, please send me a link so I can visit you. Blessings to you.

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