Who's in My Support Network?

December 8, 2014 10:34 PM

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Growing up, I told my parents everything. Okay, there were one or two secrets that I kept to myself, but for the most part, I shared the day's events and my feelings about them over dinner each night. Over the years, my parents shared in my joy, happiness, frustration, and heartache at the kitchen table. They would listen patiently, ask questions, and give advice if warranted. And every night, I would give both of them a hug and a kiss and tell them that I loved them as I went to bed. They loved me unconditionally and were my biggest supporters.

And then my dad died when I was 19, a sophomore in college. My family only told me that he had an emergency and had been taken to the hospital and that I needed to fly home immediately. I was paralyzed with fear. My best friend from college packed for me, drove me to the airport, walked me to my sea...

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