899. Surprise Visit On Xmas Day


899. His family knew that whenever Alec said he planned to visit on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day, he might not show up. Alec had schizophrenia. If his "demons" attacked him, he had to stay home and wait them out in private. A week before last Christmas, Alec told Mom that he was coming to the family get‐together. He continued, "But don't tell Carter. I'm going to call him and tell him that I'm not coming, and then I'm going to surprise him." Alec enjoyed playing that trick occasionally. On Christmas Day, Alec tapped his brother on the shoulder and said, "Surprise!" Carter was happy to see him. Alec asked, "Did I surprise you?" Carter said, "Well, not really. We all know that you're 50 percent regardless of what you say. In fact, the only time that you'll really surprise us is if you stop thinking that you can surprise us." 5.3

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