“Mandate with suffering.” Not like saying “hamburger with fries.” Yet having written the story presented in my last post I have a need to look more closely than ever before at ‘forgiveness’, a word that I don’t really understand.
That doesn’t matter, evidently. I will learn. Meanwhile, those who have suffered greatly through abuse know this mandate that comes with such suffering. Either our memories eat us alive – or we find our way to forgive.
Because working with Mildred’s own story as she presents it in her writings spares me the worst of the worst that I will face should I move on to finish my own childhood story once I have published the volumes of “The Demise of Mildred.” I sure got a taste today of what my own story telling might do to me – I continue to need to be very, very careful of how I handle my memories of severe child abuse. So be it.
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