Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, we are here today to consider the case against Sam Candour. The charges are as follows:
1) That she often lets down friends because she cannot face leaving the flat or seeing people – this makes her feel guilty.
2) That sometimes she really doesn’t want to play with the children – this makes her feel guilty.
3) That she struggles with anxiety and finds it hard to talk to people offline, which is beginning to impact on her daughter’s social life – this makes her feel guilty.
4) That she isn’t the kind of mother she wants to be – this makes her feel guilty.
5) That she has a flat far more cluttered than it should be but rarely has the energy to tidy – this makes her feel guilty.
6) That her anxiety makes it impossible to work at the moment, meaning that money is very tight while her husband is unemployed – this makes her feel guilty.
7) That she is rarely unable to cope with any kind of stress without binging – this makes her feel guilty.
8) That her husband always has to pick up the parenting slack when she is too depressed, tired or overwhelmed to cope as a partnership – this makes her feel guilty.
9) That her children deserve a far better mother but won’t get one – this makes her feel guilty.
10) That she fights against the stigma surrounding mental illness but nonetheless feels that her own illness is a sign of weakness and a character flaw – this makes her feel guilty.
Evidence to support and prove these charges is contained both within the defendant’s own chaotic mind and her blog. The defendant has chosen to enter the only plea possible under the circumstances.
Sam Candour is GUILTY.
(This post was written as a contribution to a blog hop about guilt, hosted by PremMeditations).