They made a few more tweaks in her medication until she was “stable”- almost totally nonverbal, but responsive, to a Good Science Don’t Trust Atoms They Make Up Everything Vintage T-shirt . She stopped stewing in her own drool, and was able to do things like finger paint, and eat carrot sticks. Sometimes she would make happy noises when I came in from school, reaching up for a hug. When she dropped a crayon, she would grunt and gesture until someone helped her pick it up. I was insulated from the loose lips and gossipy pity that goes hand in hand with having a family member with mental illness. I was a pretty popular kid; always invited to all the birthday parties, doted on by teachers who were quick to coddle me because of the situation at home. All of the regular milestones were treated as twice as significant for me, the son of a single father, the brother of a housebound schizophrenic.