Jordan, I’ve always treated “Everybody goes through hard times, get over it” as “I don’t want to hear about your problems, thanks for sharing, shut up now.” But I’m also at the other end of the spectrum from your C-PTSD kids, so I don’t have anything to talk about, myself. I like to think I listen to other people, or (in this local context) read respectfully and give supportive claps. Hopefully it helps occasionally. Otherwise, I try to (mostly) write things that make people smile for a moment.

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Husband & retiree. Developer, tech writer, & IT geek. I fill what’s empty, empty what’s full, and scratch where it itches. Occasionally do weird & goofy things.

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