Those who are absolutely sure Ms. Lee is being taken advantage of are sticking to their guns.
In my most humble opinion, I have to say, this makes me sad.
It makes me sad because I honestly feel as though she's being diminished by many who take to heart things they've seen written.
Things like, "she's deaf, blind and frail."
"She's had a stroke."
Failing, I think, to give the benefit of a doubt.
Nelle Harper Lee may very well have had a stroke in 2007, but I'd like to remind folks that not all stroke victims are totally incapacitated after a stroke and are quite able to continue making lucid and valid decisions.
And, there are most certainly degrees of "blind," "deaf," and "frail."
Again - does blind and deaf mean incapable of rational thought and decision? I don't believe it does.
Frail? Honey, again - frail? okay? HOW frail? Does frail mean the brain has stopped working?
If I were Harper Lee, truth be told, I'd be damned insulted.
And to believe that she has been cut off from all her friends by this attorney? Wouldn't the facility in which she's living be aware of this? Wouldn't they be obligated to look into these allegations?
And if they're part of this conspiracy, wouldn't all this stuff in the news be enough to alert authorities and family (and yes, she "does" still have family - regardless of those who think she doesn't) enough to investigate these elder abuse charges people are tossing out?
Maybe some of these "friends" who are so worried weren't as close to Ms. Lee as they'd like us to believe. I mean, that is a possibility, isn't it? Just as much as the possibility that Ms. Lee is being forced to ignore them all.
Here's the most recent article, which I found to be of interest. Although, please don't assume I'm trying to change anyone's mind - heaven forbid! But if you're following the story, I think it might behoove us all to follow, and perhaps open our minds, to both sides of the story.
Before you go saying to me, "but, she said . . . " Maybe she did, maybe she didn't. Did she say it to you? If not, don't bother me with it. I've read everything you've read, I promise you. And maybe she did say some of those things. Have you ever changed your mind about something you once said? Circumstances have a way of making things look a little different than they once did. At least, that's my experience.