Today is a special day for me. It marks the one year anniversary of the final time I left Dale. I had tried to leave 3 or 4 times before but , like many women in unhealthy relationships, I kept coming back. I have heard it said that a woman in an abusive relationship will leave the abuser an average of 7 times before she will actually stay away. 7 times! Wow. It didn’t take me that many tries but it did take a few!
Vyckie offered me a place to live, support and love and understanding. No strings attached, no time table, no rent required. Just a place to clear my head and figure out my life.
I remember that it was April 14th, 2008, because it was the day before my birthday. Yep…a Tax Day baby. I always say,”No one is happy on my birthday but me!”
Thank you Vyckie. I like to joke that she is one of my saviors…. but it’s true. She had a very pivotal role in helping me extract myself from my failed marriage and oppressive religion. I lived with Vyckie and her kids for 6 months and experienced a lot of late night “bitch” sessions, eye opening conversations about religion and relationships, and unconditional acceptance. Not to mention more than our fair share of laughter. It was wonderful.