A mother can commit suicide.
Even if her daughters are being sexually abused and desperately need her.
Even though their reluctant father, an alcoholic Vietnam War vet with PTSD, will drag them around to seedy bars until all hours of the night, and ultimately give them up for adoption.
Even though the well-intentioned relatives that eventually take them in will keep them at arm’s length, and care more for what the neighbors think than making emotional connections.
People who are not blood-related can validate you in the most amazing way.
Parents of your friends can renew your faith in family,
put you on a spiritual path,
and plant seeds that will not only help you to survive, but thrive—
and come full circle to be the parent you always wanted, to your own children.
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Jennifer Townsend is Co-Chief of Clan Townsend, noted for its wee heathens and furry beasties. She is fond of saying “verra.” She is verra determined to visit Scotland (particularly Eilean Donan Castle). Finn Brothers’ music is good for her soul and she can be found most days editing articles for elephantjournal.com or blogging about her obsession with Jamie Fraser on her website www.OutlanderFan.com or its corresponding Facebook page here.
Ed: Kate B.
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