The Original Hoarder

The cable channel A&E has a show called ‘Hoarders’ that airs in the evening. ‘Hoarders’ showcases people with severe hoarding disorders. Our mother was the original hoarder. My sister Abby and I think Mother was the impetus behind the show. Mother loved to “collect things.” There was truly no rhyme or reason to her collections. […]


Mother had so many compulsions that before obsessive compulsive disorder was a recognized diagnosis, she shared many of the traits. She would obsess about a certain food she had never had and would talk about it non-stop until she acquired and consumed it. Or about a book that she had to have that very second […]