Carrying

Melissa Maani came up with the idea of a special night at the ballpark. She's the Phillies' graphic artist and she was raised with a mentally ill loved one - schizophrenia. If she can sell 500 $14 tickets to the May 26th game vs the Marlins, she gets to select a film that introduces the illness that might just claim one out of four of us. We get to watch championship baseball for cheap. A win-win.

She and I sat in the afternoon light behind home plate on Monday as the Washington Nationals took batting practice, and she talked of the house she grew up in, carrying.

And I thought of this song by Ben Folds.

Her window was hung like a painting
She worried it might come to life
She stared for hours
So obsessed was I and self-absorbed that I
Didn't see that she was
Crying

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