Ted Schwartz: Facebook suggested you as someone I may know.
Jennifer Harris: i accepted you
Ted Schwartz: I am a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War. I have five
Jennifer Harris: who do you know that i know
like why did fb suggest us
do we have mutual friends or
Ted Schwartz: I have anthropophobia. I haven’t left my house in 15 years.
Jennifer Harris: what’s that
Ted Schwartz: Fear of people. I don’t like talking to people in person. That’s
why I’m trying Facebook.
Jennifer Harris: that’s a good idea. you should try talking to your grandkids
Ted Schwartz: I can usually send emails. You might know my granddaughter. I
think that’s who our mutual friend is.
Jennifer Harris: who’s your granddaughter
Ted Schwartz: Melissa Casey.
Jennifer Harris: oh i know her
Ted Schwartz: Are you two friendly at school?
Jennifer Harris: idk not really
we have different groups of friends
i just know who she is
Ted Schwartz: It’s gotten to the point where I can’t have conversations on the
telephone. I can send emails fine.
Jennifer Harris: what happens
Ted Schwartz: I get very anxious. Sometimes I have difficulty breathing and
start stuttering. It’s stressful on the body.
Jennifer Harris: you’ll like fb then
do you text
Ted Schwartz: I have a cellphone but I don’t use it very often.
Jennifer Harris: you should try texting your grandkids
Ted Schwartz: I may do that. I just don’t like talking on the phone anymore.
Jennifer Harris: have you seen a doctor about this or anything
Ted Schwartz: No. The thought of seeing a doctor makes me nervous.
Jennifer Harris: is it that you can’t or that you don’t want to
Ted Schwartz: Both.
Jennifer Harris: if it’s just that you don’t want to I think you should push
yourself to talk to someone
like start small obvi
like talk on the phone w your kids once a week and build up
i don’t mean to sound insensitive but it’s not worth ruining your
life just bc certain things make you uncomfortable
Ted Schwartz: It’s not just that it makes me uncomfortable. I have physical
symptoms. I fought in the war from 1955 to 1975. I’ve seen heads
explode. I’ve shot men in the temple.
Jennifer Harris: i really think you should talk to someone about this
i mean professionally
like a therapist
Ted Schwartz: After the war they briefly had us evaluated for shell shock. I
don’t have it. I just can’t talk on the telephone.
Jennifer Harris: i think you should talk to your grandkids.
Ted Schwartz: I’m nervous to talk to my grandchildren. A member of
my platoon shot a man in the mouth once and I got brains on my
Jennifer Harris: i have to go soon
Ted Schwartz: Do you have school tomorrow?
Jennifer Harris: yeah it’s sunday
Ted Schwartz: I don’t really keep track of days of the week. I haven’t left my
house in 15 years.
Jennifer Harris: how do you get groceries
Ted Schwartz: Peapod. It’s a delivery service through Shaw’s Supermarket.
They deliver your groceries for you once a week. You just have to
go online and pick them and put them in your cart and then click
“buy” and put in your credit card number and they’ll deliver
them to your house.
Jennifer Harris: that’s cool
Ted Schwartz: If you see my granddaughter at school will you tell her I said
Jennifer Harris: that would be kind of weird i think
i don’t really talk to her
and she’d wonder why i knew you at all
it would just be rly weird