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jimmyrose




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Journaling:

reflection, noun 1. (Thought) consideration, observation, thinking, contemplation, study

Reflecting back on my past, I think about my mother, my aunt and my uncle. It was a long road and it was not an easy one. My mother was a beautiful young bride that had problems she could not cope with. She was raised by an abusive mother and an indifferent father. She never learned how to love, but she desperately craved love. To escape her life and to find love, my mother married very young. To get the love she craved, she had six daughters and a son. Then my mother reverted to the only thing she knew. She would fly into rages and abuse the children that she looked to for love. We never knew what to expect from her. Some days she was kind and gentle other days brought us to the end of hope. One day when I was about ten years old, I asked her why she did not love me. The answer I got was "You can't choose your children. Some people are lucky and love the ones they get, others like me are not that lucky." I was the oldest of my siblings and so I felt responsible for the others. I would place myself between my mother and who ever was the object of her rage. One day when I was fifteen years old, my sister Mary came home to one of those rages. Mom picked up a broom and came at her with the wooden handle. I stood between them and stood my ground. I would not let her hit my sister again. I told her we were leaving and that she could not stop us. I pushed her down and we all ran from the house. My aunt and uncle lived two blocks away and that was the only place I knew to go. My aunt was my grandmother's sister and my godmother and I loved her very much. Her name was Gladys and we called her Aunt Glady. I did not know how much she loved me until much latter. I told her what had happened. She said she would take care of things. I don't know what was said between my aunt, my uncle, my father and my mother but, I know things were taken care of. My youngest sister and my brother were taken in by mu father's brother. My grandmother took in the others. I stayed with Aunt Glady and Uncle Ed. After about two years, the others went back home and my mother was much better. I lived with my aunt and uncle until I went college. I believe they saved my life. I know they made it worth living. Aunt Glady showed me that I am lovable just as I am, that I have value as a human being and that I can love others in return. These two wonderful, generous, loving people made it possible for me to live a happy and full life. They gave me what I needed to find a loving husband and to love him in return. Because of them I was able to raise two children without continuing the cycle of abuse. Both my Aunt Glady and my Uncle Ed have passed away now. I miss them both very much. They were my family, my example and my strength. I loved them very much.

Aunt Glady and Uncle 1969
· Date: Thu June 23, 2011 · Views: 162
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Toiny

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Registered: September 2008
Location: Germany
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Thu June 23, 2011 22:30

Rose I am in awe of your Aunt Glady, truly in awe. What a beautiful thing she did for all of you, but especially for you. It is a rare person who steps up, takes charges and fixes something that big. And it was very big. I love the way you journaled and scrapped this, it fits to perfection.

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donakat

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Registered: February 2009
Location: San Diego
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Fri June 24, 2011 00:55

How absolutely horrible for you, it just breaks my heart. I'm so glad you were brave enough to get out, and protect your siblings as well. And it's equally brave of you to share all this with the rest of us. I applaud your pluck and your strength and am glad you broke the cycle. Terrific job on this challenge!

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MemoryKeeper

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Registered: August 2007
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
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Fri June 24, 2011 01:57

Not only are you an amazing woman, but so is your Aunt for stepping in. Unfortunately childhood abuse was more common than we realize. So happy you were able to change everything for your children, and what a beautiful difference that was. Thank you for sharing this very personal story, although I'm sure it was difficult. Sometimes it is so hard to reconcile the sweet one from the mean one.

Your layout is beautiful. I love the torn paper on the edges, much like you, but wholly intact and beautiful on the inside. You are truly a survivor. You wrote with grace and love and that is so special. The corner cluster is fabulous as is the frame and photo. Lovely work.

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ladyofthethorns

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Registered: March 2008
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Fri June 24, 2011 03:51

Wow! Wow to both the beautiful layout and the personal story of your life! I'm so sorry that you and your siblings had to endure such a horrible childhood but I am so happy that you had both the strength to get your and your siblings out and that you had TRUE loving relatives to step in and give you all what you needed. Thank you for sharing this story of survival; it must have been most difficult. The layout is beautiful, the photo of your aunt and uncle is enhanced by the wonderful arrangement of papers and elements.

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Fri June 24, 2011 05:02

gorgeous layout. love all the torn edges. fabulous flower cluster.

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mrscarol_1

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Fri June 24, 2011 05:06

I can not imagine being in an abusive upbring and it was so wonderful that the family helped all the children out and you were so lucky to have been taken in by such loving grandparents. A wonderful tribute to your grandparents. I love the paper you did.

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Location: Blair, Nebraska, USA
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Fri June 24, 2011 05:16

not only are you absolutely capable of love and being loved....you have amazing courage and strength...at 15 to take on injustice and protect others...now that is courage. Your layout is beautiful and I imagine Aunt Glady is looking down on you and smiling!

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Maurine Stettler

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Fri June 24, 2011 06:28

Thank you for sharing such an incredibly personal and courageous story - I was really moved by the words you spoke and the woman you've become. How fortunate your husband and children are that you were strong enough to begin a new, different cycle of love and compassion and kindness. Fantastic job!

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Monika

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Fri June 24, 2011 06:46

Such a wonderful thing she did for you and your siblings. Giving you stability and love that you needed.
Beautiful memory page, love the way you placed the journaling and the thorn papers look great!

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SkrapperDigitals

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Registered: August 2007
Location: West Virginia
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Fri June 24, 2011 09:58

oh Jimmyrose! ((hugs)) I'm so sorry to hear of your difficult childhood, and soo saddened by your own mother's past experiences (and her decisions to act as she did) she truly gave away one of the worlds best gifts...the gift of her children and the memory of a joyful childhood for them. I'm very thankful that your Aunt was able to step in and protect you all. What incredible bravery you have. I'm the oldest of the 'little kids' in my family (there were 9 of us, so there were the 'big kids' group and the 'little kids' group.) i remember that maternal instinct to step in and protect them from any harm and i imagine that your siblings still look to you to this day. I'm thankful that you were there for them just as your Aunt was there for you. ((hugs)) absolutely beautiful layout, as others have already said, the torn paper you added truly is perfect for symbolizing the torn childhood you experienced. and even still, you've created something outstandingly beautiful out of it, just as you've become an incredibly strong and beautiful person in spite of your torn childhood.

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Fri June 24, 2011 13:37

Rose your page is beautiful and your journalling is so special, I know it must have been a very difficult page to create and commend you on your courage and determination to protect your siblings and get out of that abusive environment. Your aunt and Uncle sound like very special people and I am sure they are looking down with the utmost pride in how you have lived your life sweetie (((hugs)))

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sparkysgirl

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Sun June 26, 2011 03:49

Your journaling had me hanging on the edge of my seat! Such a powerful story. Your aunt and uncle sound like wonderful people and such a blessing to you. It sounds like they possessed the same courage you did ... they stood their ground and didn't allow your mother the opportunity to abuse you again. Your layout is well arranged. The color technique on the photo is a perfect compliment to the kit. Your clustering is lovely, and the paper arrangement nicely done. Great job!

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Ayla1964

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Sun June 26, 2011 14:56

Oh, my goodness, what a fabulous story! So sad what you went through, yet so wonderful that you survived and even better...thrived. Love the layout too, the clustering is awesome, and I love the torn pages...shows how much good can come from a bad situation!
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