This is a very different entry for me but something I feel needs to be shouted out loud and clear. This is my own personal crusade.
I made this tag the other day for a very special lady, Lisa Jo Damaged Goods. Lisa Jo is an example of an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Many do not realize the damage that is caused to a child's psyche from sexual and physical abuse. It doesn't just go away, and is carried into adulthood. Adult survivors of an abusive childhood. It is far more prevalent than any of us would care to imagine. A child is not asked to be brought into this world and deserves a safe haven of unrequited love.
This tag could also apply to my two oldest children who grew up with a verbally abusive and sometimes physical abusive, alcoholic father with a mother who was too insecure to get them out of that household; not realizing the damage that was being caused to their emotions and self esteem. I am only beginning to forgive myself for this. My love was not enough to shield them.
They are damaged; not broken. Damage can be repaired. It takes much love; prayers and reinforcement that God didn't create them to fail; much treatment, at times; and time itself.
The best gift any parent can give a child is a safe, loving environment.