Poison Disguised As Family: Part IV

Part IV: Carolina I know my kids blame me for many things and probably think I am the worst mom. But what they do not know is what I dealt with in my own childhood and why I am so emotionally disconnected from the world. I watched my mother get abused up until the very […]

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Poison Disguised As Family: Part III

Part III: Aunt Lori My sister always had a horrendous track record with men. Not saying I am perfect, but my sister just knows how to pick them. When we were younger, she would pick out the worst of the worst. The men who walked around like the whole world needed to bow before them […]

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Poison Disguised As Family: Part II

Part II: Cameron I was rarely home anymore. I spent most of time at Jon’s house. “Hey bro, are you coming over to my house for Thanksgiving?” Jon asked excitedly. “Not sure yet, I know my mom is going to make lots of food. Not like anyone would come. No one comes over our house […]

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Poison Disguised As Family: Part I

Part I: Brooke I was 5 years old when I first heard Mommy and Daddy fight. I was in the living room playing with my barbie dolls when I heard something shatter in the kitchen. Daddy was angry again as I sat there and waited for Mommy to make me my macaroni and cheese. He […]

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Silence At The Dinner Table

The imperious sound of forks clinking against the china plates is what she hated most as a child. They would have family dinners and not speak to one another. Her siblings spent most of their time at their friends’ houses, and her parents always fought. It was rare eye contact was made and silence would […]

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Ongoing Battle With Loss

You were rotting away in the hospital, and what were we doing? Celebrating Christmas Eve. What type of people were we? He stood with you as the ventilators breathed for you. He was bone tired. You could see it in his face. The lack of food and sleep had gotten to him. He refused to […]

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