The weird things you find online when you google yourself while waiting in a McDonald’s drive thru.
Earlier today I saw a video about Tim Ballard and OUR, and I was curious because the name of his fishy organization is almost exactly the same as the one I went through as a child, so I was curious to find out if there was a connection.
I don’t think there is one from what I’ve been able to see yet (I could be wrong), but I stumbled onto this Orlando Sentinel article from 1989 that answered a few personal questions and then gave me the shock of my life.
I was in it, and so were my grandparents.
I showed it to my husband after he was done ordering his Mcfish sandwich while simultaneously bursting into tears. They didn’t last long, and they always bother me. You’d think I’d be used to this by now.
I immediately started to wonder if this journalist had known my grandparents or met them based off of two lines of text from 32 years ago. If they could have helped prevent this somehow. But I know better, and it’s been a few decades. Nothing I can do about it now.
The tone of the article is pretty lauditory, but it also contained facts about Faye’s life I wasn’t aware of that helps me understand why she would do this. It doesn’t make it better. It just helps give it context.
If you’d like to check out this article, here it is. It’s bizarre that this influenced my life so strongly and I didn’t know half of it.