The other night I was having a "quiet" moment watering my garden. The neighbor lady came over to say hello. We exchanged neighborly dialogue and then she asked, "What's wrong with your daughter....... (no immediate response from me), she is so thin. I see she is staying with you".
Initially I panicked, what do I say? Do I try and educate this person, explaining to her that she suffers from an eating disorder?? Do I explain that health insurance does not cover the inpatient rehabilitation she requires? Do I say because we do not have an extra $100,000 sitting around that we are "treating" her at home?
I quickly try to decide what to do. If I tell her about the eating disorder, will I get the usual response (take her out for a burger and fries, she'll gain some weight.......). Ugh.
Lack of knowledge maddens me, what do I say?
This time I decided to keep it simple. I responded, saying "she is ill and unable to work right now. She is recuperating with us". I left it at that. The look on my neighbor's face was that of wanting to know what the illness was.
"Not tonight.", I tell myself. My brain needs a moment of peace.