During the family meeting, my mother talks about the story of how she met our father.
I ask why she never told me this before.
Her answer is that she wanted to protect me from it because she didn’t want me to be frightened.
I ask why she didn’t tell me when I was a teenager.
Her answer is that she didn’t want to scare me.
I ask why she didn’t tell me when I was older and she is very angry at me for this.
I had thought that she and my father were divorced.
Instead she had never left the house.
She had been in a relationship that was very emotionally abusive and he was the one who physically abused her.
I look back on this now and feel like she hid my father from me for my own protection.
I know that she didn’t know how to tell me and that she was scared for me.
I was probably around the age of 10 or 11 when she finally told me about their relationship.
I can remember that my father was sitting on the couch and we were sitting next to each other.
I felt angry at him because he was hurting my mom and that meant that he wasn’t my father.
I remember the anger that I felt in the pit of my stomach.
That feeling is still with me and I know that I can still feel it whenever I am upset with my father.
It wasn’t until I was older that I realized that my mother was in a relationship with a man who was beating her.
I can remember thinking that he was the man I wanted to be.
This thought was so bizarre to me because my father was my hero.
At that point in my life, I didn’t know what it meant to be in an abusive relationship.
When I got older, I asked my mother if she ever wanted to leave my father.
She told me that she didn’t think she could leave him because he would always find her.
She said she didn’t think she could make it without him.
I remember looking at her and thinking, “She doesn’t really love you.
She is married to a monster who loves to hurt her.”
And then I thought, “I will never allow myself to be hurt by that kind of person.”
I always knew that my mother was afraid of my father, but I did not realize that she was also afraid of leaving him.
Now that I have a daughter, I understand what my mother had been going through when she was a teenager.
I also understand that she was trying to protect me.
Now, when my daughter has a meltdown, I always know that my mother was right there with me.
And when I have a bad day, I always remember how my mother protected me when I was a child.
I am grateful for all the good things that she did for me, but I am also grateful that she protected me when I needed it most.
I am so proud of her and the kind of woman that she was and still is.
I wish that she were here to see the wonderful mother that I have become.
If you were to interview my mom, she would tell you that she is a strong, independent woman.
She would tell you that she is independent and self-sufficient.
My mom would tell you that she has faced many challenges throughout her life.
What she would not tell you is that she is afraid.
My mom would not tell you that she is afraid of being alone, alone in the world.
She would not tell you that she is afraid of being a single mother.