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There is a whole cast of characters who rescued me at key moments of my journey. I will give you a few examples, in no particular order:
-Janey. I count her (and our forty years of friendship) in my fabulous band of women and am so thankful for her guidance and friendship. She is loved!
-Marsha, my college room mate and a partner in crime during high school.
-My other high school girlfriends (who live across the country). These chicks organized everyone and within four hours had hired a moving company to show up at my home and move me out when Marc left for work one day.
-The Hilton Honors customer service representative who refunded my entire honeymoon package, regardless of the disclaimer clearly stating non-refundable.
-The security installation man who, upon hearing my story, gave me and each kid our own personal alarm to carry on us at all times. Worth? $500 Cost? Free.
-My neighborhood girlfriends who rescued my clothes, without my knowledge, from the dumpster. I had thrown every piece of clothing I owned, if I thought Marc had ever touched me while wearing. These girls fished my clothes out of a dumpster, had them dry cleaned and stored in their closets until I was ready to get out of my t-shirt and sweat pants. Side note: They were stored for four months. Yes, I wore the same sweatpants and three t-shirts for four months. I wasn’t taking many showers back then. I also made Velveeta and queso dip a food group- hence the 40 pound weight gain. Hello, Weight Watchers!
-My former husband, who called up the local police department to ask them to keep an eye on my new home and watch out for a man fitting Marc’s description.
-The woman at the Adult Abuse office who helped me fill out all restraining order paperwork and cried while I told her my stories. When you make the 12-year veteran at the Adult Abuse office cry, well, you know your story is unique.
-The stranger who created these fabulous Beyonce memes that I played silently on my cell phone during our court hearing for the restraining order. This little white girl, honestly left the court house thinking I was a strong black woman, with the restraining order in my manicured hand.
-The FBI agent who kept apologizing to me because I only had email documentation and couldn’t physically prove I was drugged or raped.
-My OB-GYN Nurse Practitioner. She cried when she gave me my test results and said, “I hate him so much for you.”
-Any and all musicians. without live music, I’d be nothing.
-My friend Marcie, who had no words, only tears and a hand to hold.
I’m off to bed and hoping for zero nightmares, my friends. Who are you counting in your blessings today. Let them know. Give them a shout out in the comments below!
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Give me shelter, or show me heart
Come on love, come on love
Watch me fall apart, watch me fall apart
Watch me fall apart!