FOR OVER FOUR DECADES, ONE FATHER & TWO HUSBANDS, I HAVE BEEN REPRIMANDED FOR…

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HAVING MY OWN OPINION, DARING TO DISAGREE, standing up for myself

It was a good thing I was a writer since all of those words that I couldn’t say out loud were able to escape whenever I set them free in one of the many journals I kept or onto slips of paper that I could hide from prying eyes. Whenever I wrote, I could share my heartbreak, anger, and sadness that I experienced at the hands of abusive men who wanted me to keep my mouth shut and keep their secrets safe from the outside world. Now that I’m finally free of the darkness of my past, however, I have no such loyalties to anyone anymore.

So I’m telling on everybody.

The only one I owe anything to is me. I know those from my past have a problem with me sharing the truth (sorry not sorry), but as Anne Lamott is famous for saying, “If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should’ve behaved better.”

 I dedicate all my words to those who want me to be quiet and keep asking, "Ugh, is she still talking?"

Yeah, baby. I am.