Feb. 18th, 2015

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I remember driving home one day from work when I was 30, and realizing that the violence my dad perpetrated on me was abuse. It wasn't "just spanking", it was hitting a 3 year old every other day to vent his own frustrations. It was retaliation for his children taking his wife's attention away from him. It was his own lack of models about how to do any different. It was the abuse he suffered at the hands of my grandfather. I remember crying most of the way home that day. I remember there was no anger.

This memory is also part of a complex set of memories.

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Akien MacIain

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