Comment 52318

By Michelle Martin (registered) - website | Posted November 27, 2010 at 19:41:32

I remember one of the best Paul Wilson columns I ever read-- it was about schizophrenia, and his writing expressed a real desire to understand those who suffer with the disease, and a desire to do justice to their story and so communicate it well to others.

Our family had the opportunity to meet him when he came to our house eight years ago to do a story for Mother's day (we had just welcomed our ninth child). I had agreed to do the story because I figured we would get a nice, professional family photograph that we could purchase from the Spec afterward. Then, as the time drew nearer, I started to feel a little apprehensive about it, because people frequently make strange assumptions about our home life, even to the point of saying ridiculous things, and I began to worry how a reporter would write about us. Felt right at ease once we met him, though, because his genuine interest in people was evident, and he took us as we were. Of course there was a mad frenzy of tidying up the main floor before he arrived on a weekday after school. When he asked if he could see upstairs because he was curious about how we'd organized things(the nightmare of many a mother with several little ones), I blanched, and mumbled something about it's not being ready for company. I figured that would make it into the story-- but it didn't.

Will miss him in the Spec-- and will definitely be looking out for his writing somewhere else.

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