Bathroom Confessions Receive a Moving Response

Have you ever read a story that touches you but breaks your heart at the same time?

That is how the story about the “letter in the bathroom” has impacted me.

Earlier this week, I read a story about a washroom at the University of Western Ontario that was the home of many sad stories. On these walls, women wrote about dealing with the death of a parent, having eating disorders….and even being raped. The fact that these girls may have felt that the only place they could share their pain was on this wall simply breaks my heart. Having to deal with that type of pain, and feeling there is no one to turn to is so sad that it is beyond explanation.

It's easy to become fenced in by pain.

It’s easy to become fenced in by pain.

Last week, the girls who wrote on this wall received an answer. Someone left a letter that responded to these girls.

A student took a photo of the letter and shared it on a social media site with the subject line, “In a girls’ bathroom stall at my university, girls have written about some of their most horrifying life experiences. This week, someone replied” (you can see the letter and the post here).

The author of the letter admits in some cases she can’t relate (“To the girl who was raped: You are so strong. I cannot fathom the pain you have gone through”). She provides kind words (“To the girl with the Eating disorder: I promise you, although I don’t know you, you are beautiful”) and reveals on ability to sympathize and empathize.

Her letter ends with these words,
“To all of you (including those I did not mention, and those who have not yet written)
-You are worthy
-You are strong
-You are brave
-You are loved
-somebody cares.”

In a time, with so much crime and horror being reported every day, it is really easy to become cynical about humankind. When I read this letter, however, it reminded me that there are many wonderful and caring people who want to help others. It is people like this woman who me want to become a better person.

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4 Responses to Bathroom Confessions Receive a Moving Response

  1. Elva Roberts says:

    January 23–Maggie, you are right on the mark! We need many more people like the woman who took time to write the letter and show compassion to these people. She is like a Candle lighting our Dark World. Like her, we can try to do our best to be kind to others as well as our family. I know there are many ‘walking Wounded’ out there and we must try to help them.-el03ro
    e.m.roberts@hotmail.com

  2. stephy905 says:

    That’s absolutely beautiful. She must be like an angel on earth for those women. I too wish I could help people who are in that much pain.

  3. Soozle says:

    Oh wow! That is so heartbreaking! It actually brought tears to my eyes…

    I have to say, there is such power though in knowing that someone else cares, even if it is a stranger. The outpouring of love does restore your faith in the good of people!

  4. Anne Taylor says:

    this brought me to tears; thank you for sharing

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