In the spirit of The Glass Castle , a stunning memoir about growing up in a family of extreme hoarders. Kim Miller is an immaculately put-together woman with a great career, a loving boyfriend, and a beautifully tidy apartment in Brooklyn. You would never guess that behind the closed doors of... read more
“I couldn't help but think that if my mother died, my ice was over, too. At that moment I wasn't sure if I wanted her to live more because I loved her or because if she was gone, so was my independence. I imagined my father's life without my mother: bills lost in piles of paper, mounds of laundry taking over as he continued to buy new clothes instead of washing old ones, dishes piled up in the sink until they were beyond cleaning, ...”
“... in late January, my mom was stable enough to go into corrective surgery. She had been stable enough in December, but she didn't want to ruin our holidays if something went wrong.”
“One of the more popular theories behind the triggers for hoarding indicates that people who were neglected emotionally as children learn to form attachments to objects instead of people. When they do connect with others, they then keep any object that reminds them of that person as a way of holding on to those attachments.... Every visit home comes with a stack of newspaper clippings my father has saved for me ... I usually just throw them out.”
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