It is freeing. When I was younger I felt like they were the meanest, evilest assholes but now that I’m older I can see all the things I couldn’t see before. They both struggled in their own way. I’m not the kid who they treated badly anymore.

Thank you for sharing your story with me. Allowing ourselves to connect with one another is a valuable part of healing.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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