Originally Posted by Maslow
You don't seem to have any problem voicing your opinion here, though.
Well, that's kind of true I suppose. But I do actually bite my tongue in a lot of instances, or else I know I would have gotten banned by now.. lol
But the main reason I posted in this specific thread was because the title caught my attention and I was trying to help myself understand things a bit better from Penny's perspective, and hopefully vice-versa too. It's just that sometimes other postings in a thread can get in my way.
As an aside, but not all that dissimilar, I was 19 at the time, and I was working at a factory, and even though I had SA back then, my mom wasn't aware of it, but she knew about my inability to function normally. Anyway, one co-worker of mine (he was about 36, and we were both temps there) asked if I wanted to be his roommate. I wasn't too thrilled about it due to SA, but just so I wouldn't hurt his feelings, I said ok. Yeah, I know, imagine that. So it was during that night I believe when both my mom and I were lying down; I was on the couch, and she was on a cot or something, and I had the radio on. I told her about the roommate thing, and she got upset about it, which I suspected she would. Well, to make a long story short, after arguing about it for a half-hour or so, the argument just gradually died down. Shortly afterwards, Ozzy Osbourne's song Mama I'm Coming Home came on the radio. Well, that obviously got her attention, and then she started up with me again, which I wasn't in the mood for at all, so I just ignored her and went to sleep.
Even though the guy was 36, I found out later that he was also gay and a crackhead, both of which I personally didn't have a problem with, but he stole money from me, and even from his own mom, to buy more crack, gamble, and have sex. It was the stealing of money which got to me, so I just said screw him. The last thing I heard from him was that he went to jail, and probably for rehab.
So I guess I can understand how Penny feels about this from a mother's point of view. When you're young, and do something concerning, things have the potential of going wrong. In my case, it was just a combination of SA and bad luck. I'm assuming Penny's son doesn't have SA, but if he's got a level head on his shoulder, then I'm sure he'll make wise choices, whether or not he ends up going into the National Guard or not.