TLC? Tender loving care, remember? Tender loving care about those in hospitals, nursing homes,
mental facilities, schools, disconnected families, underprivileged children, an
abandoned spouse, and all we who face
our limitations and don’t know where to turn?
A Nigerian proverb says, “Not to know is bad. Not to want to know is worse. Not to hope is
unthinkable. Not to care is unforgiveable.”
Let me tell you about Pete, my
Dad, so that you may know him. I wrote this book feeling that maybe you would
want to know about this mental patient who spent forty-seven years in
confinement. His life seemed worthless,
of no value to society. After his death
at eighty-seven, I thought again, this time with hope that there was a way to
redeem his existence.
FOR PETE’S SAKE helps you to become aware
of mental health issues in our ordinary circumstances. From my g-g-grandparents’ conception, through
our childhood and schooling in rural Sullivan County, Indiana, through the
State hospital and nursing home experiences of Pete, through the triumph of my
Mom, through questions of faith, purpose, and meaning, we learned to hope and
Meet PETE as Rip Van Winkle II
and learn, hope, and care about the mentally ill and their families.