Thursday, 1 March 2001
Welcome to March, and in 14 more days it will be the Ides (sp?) of March.

I'm really having a hard time dealing with what is going on with my brother and his family. I'm having a very hard time. I know I am not him and I haven't been through what he has been through. I know I speak out of what should be, in my opinion, and often not what is. Yet, I also know what I have been through, have had to give up, what I've struggled with, have had to decide to do even though it was not beneficial to me. I also know what couples all over do to heal and strengthen their marriages without ending in divorce.

I expect him to do whatever is necessary, if only for the sake of his child, to do WHATEVER is necessary to restore family. They are adults. There have been extraordinary circumstances in their marriage, but there are many families that live through extraordinary circumstances. I'm just at a loose. I don't know what to say or how hard to push. I want to be supportive of both of them, yet not let either of them fool themselves or engage in self-justification at the expense of my nephew. Where is the balance between silence and speaking up? Where is the balance between support and challenge?

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