Made me cry. Thanks for including it in the newsletter.
Totally. The thanks goes to the community. This piece got picked up for the newsletter because it's "trending" (it hit the Weekly Top Five) on our humble little platform. I'm glad to see it now has double digit reads (10!) although it's a bittersweet "win" when the story itself is so devastating, so painful.
Thanks so much, skrt, for your reading and your comments. It's great to have you here!
How could someone be so loving and caring to his family, friends and neighbors and yet at times be so crazy angry. His sickness is beyond instant comprehension!
Really great writing but difficult to get through. Hard to get my head around the violence some people have lurking inside of them. Equally astonishing to me is people’s ability to forgive. We live in a world where a woman is more likely to be killed by her lover or husband than a stranger. Sensitivity, compassion and empathy have to be incorporated into our schools and work place. Might be an uphill battle, what we do know is that children of abusers are more likely to become abusers.
This was so painful to read. It makes me so sad to think of all the women who haven't made it out of these relationships. I can't relate to people like Caleb - I've never felt so angry that I've wanted to physically harm someone, especially someone I love. I love her descriptions of how he could be so loving and so terrible - humans are complicated.
My entire career has been in the health field. I have studied abuse and it’s many complex issues. Even have worked a crisis hot line for 3 years. But this story is one of the best to really get you inside the mind and heart of an abused person. It was absolutely horrific to read yet immensely important to do so, to bring compassion and understanding to such a deep, complicated syndrome. I urge readers to take the time, as this is a work of art - rich, meaningful, beautifully written and enlightening.