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‘Just 5 years old he prayed, ‘Please God, send me an Earth Dad.’ Turns out, he didn’t need to be ‘found.’ He was right there all along.’: Woman finds love close to home after husband’s suicide

“There was a shift in the world, bringing us together at the same place, at the same time. And in the matter of one afternoon, our hearts opened to feel something we’d never considered before. A man I had known for years, and yet, I was truly just seeing for the very first time.”

‘Motherhood is really tough.’ You’d think, ‘Well that’s crap.’ Birth was traumatic. As a child of sexual abuse, a traumatic birth can be very re-triggering. I didn’t count on that.’

“I expected to be handed my baby like I was Beyoncé in a floral garden and the heavens open up. Instead, I felt like a potato cake seagulls were fighting over, one stitching me up, one folding my boob like a hamburger to stuff in my baby’s mouth, and one pressing so hard on my stomach I thought she was going to touch my spine. Yep, didn’t count on that.”

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