Monday, June 15, 2009

Disabling Secrets Empowers Our Truth

I was in the early stages of my pregnancy when in my childhood home discovered my mother dead on the kitchen floor from a single gunshot to the head. My father dead in the bedroom a self-inflicted bullet to his forehead. I was unable to move past the recording in my mind “if only I had returned an hour earlier, I could have saved her.”

With my new marriage already in trouble prior to the tragedy I had already secured the services of a divorce lawyer. The person to whom I married was among other issues writing bad checks all over town, including the restaurant where we had our wedding reception. The owners were friends of mine and did not press charges in the matter for several months. After the funeral, I decided God must have had some reason to spare my life as documentation would show my father had planned on taking my life with my mother’s that night.

I took the traumatic experience as a sign from God and decided my baby needed a father and to give the relationship another chance. The pregnancy and subsequent delivery of my baby saved my life. I had a reason to live, to look forward to each new day. The marriage however was no picnic. My child’s father had a recreational drug habit, often disappearing for days without a word. When he was home “hide and go seek” was a favorite mental exercise along with " you remember" or "forge that signature" were a few of his favorites. As an example money and valuables would vanish. When I would ask about these items my child’s father’s replied “I must be losing it” or he would use my parents deaths and then question me as if I were imagining things.

I did not realize it then, but I do now. I allowed the familiar fear and repetitive criticism of my abusive father from the ashes of the earth to play a major role in my adult life. I did not know how to change the messages on my victim tape, etched in my spirit from the moment I came out of the birth canal.

Maintaining the Teflon imagine in public was easy as long as I did not discuss my married life, including the court and custody battle. I could count on one hand how many people even knew I had a child after the divorce. Keeping women and children safe became a twenty-four hour, seven days a week job. It did not lessen the pain of my child being gone, it just kept my mind occupied.

As I forged ahead trying to fight the legal system for my son, I knew it was lost before it began. The tactics used by my child’s father were stronger than me. In 2005, when I released my second book the father of my child sent letters with court documents via fax to people in the media and places where I was scheduled at stores for book signings. The words he wrote and sent are not worth reprinting. His actions spoke volumes as to his level of pure anger over any accomplishment that excluded him. Winning full custody of my child was not enough, he wanted me to continue to fear the hold he once had over me. This stunt one of several was done in an effort to discredit me and affect my livelihood.

Now as I am about to release two new books, once again, my child’s father sneaks in illegally and without my knowledge submits forged documents to have the case file from 1993 re-opened. The sealed court documents are now open to the public as I discussed in Fridays post.

By disabling secrets we release in us the power to move forward and create positive change.
In 1996, in a dedication to my child in my first book “Defending Our lives” I wrote: “And finally, to my precious gift of love and joy, my child. It is for you that I have written this book. It is my hope that someday you understand that I wanted the world to be a better place.”
For all eternity, a mother’s love always lives in their child’s heart. And that is something no one can ever take away!


Patty Beeken said...

I am so sorry to see that this man just cannot leave you alone. You're right that which is no longer a secret cannot harm you. Just know that there are many of us that "have your back" should you need our help in any way.

Delilah said...

As we have discussed, when the light of truth shines into the darkness, the evil can't do it's work any longer. You have broken your vows of silence about your personal life, however, I know that women everywhere are applauding your courage.

Your story is one that many will see and many will relate to. Countless more lives will be saved because of you, many you will never know about.

Kimberly Allen, Freeport said...

You took the high road many years ago. Remaining focused on things you could change instead of focusing on the hurtful and negative issues you could not. Using the trauma in both the death of your parents and silently with your child to save lives speaks volumes of your character as an individual.

You are an inspiration.

Anonymous said...

My X would not leave me alone, either. There was more court action following the divorce than during the entire proceedings. He 2X commited domestic battery, even though he was not even living with us. He spread lies meant to harm my business, stalked and threatened me and even beat up our 16 years old daughter. Then one night he went to bed and never got up. Fatal heart attack at age 43.
God works in mysterious ways.

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