1. Great post! My father used to get me in a ‘hold’ – twist my arm or leg to the point of breaking and then make me tell him I loved him like I meant him. I would walk away with such rage usually turned towards myself for being so weak. It would be many years before I would realize that I had an expectation of abuse as part of love.

    1. The things we had to contend with as children in the name of…love.

  2. This piece beautifully captures the complexities of inverted ‘love’. I’m also glad to hear a Christian woman speak in support of seeking professional therapy. It’s sometimes a taboo in Christian circles and need not be. The scene where she’s rocking her new born really got me.

    1. I agree Ruth-Anne. It’s virtually impossible to understand the complexities of abuse without indepth professional help.

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