Dear not a captive:
I am very touched by your revealing, heartfelt post.
When I first wrote this little episode, which is actually a segment of the semi-autobiographical Through a Darkened Pane, I had no idea where it would go. I hadn't foreseen dredging up the awful past, but it insisted on typing itself out here on JWN. Fortunately, I have healed, largely because the abusers in my life were essentially good but ill people. Bitterness and anger are not a part of my life. Well, certainly not now!
Your comment on my having a little something to say in a modest way has reassured me tremendously as I have always marched to the beat of a different drummer and, as a result, have never seemed to fit in. Today I feel really good, and you, dear lady, are one of the reasons! It's wonderful that you and your husband have sorted through the detritus of shattering personal experience and have remained loyal and steadfast in your devotion to one another. Bless you both and your children.