I second the motion!
You can always tell who your true friends are. They're the one's with the biggest shoulders and ears and kindest words and thoughts.
Kidogo, I'm so sorry to hear about the abuse you've gone through with your mother. There's a book (I don't know if it's still in print, because it's been over 20 years since I used it) called "Making Peace With Your Parents." It contains dozens of stories similar to yours. It's a self help book of exercises and advise to overcome the pain of abuse, etc... You can keep it to yourself to heal or as I did, take it a step further and find a healing relationship with your parent. It may seem impossible and maybe it is. But if you can heal your own heart it will help.
Take care everyone!
“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
Martin Luther King, Jr
Sue [ February 24, 2006, 07:04 PM: Message edited by: suzieq ]