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Jun 02, 2009
You have such loving, caring cousins...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Heath, you may think your sister is "perfect", but no one is. Each of you is an individual. Each of you is unique. Each of you have your own personal qualities. Each of you has your own character, good traits as well as flaws. That is the nature of being human. So instead of comparing yourself to your sister, focus on your positive attributes. Don't for one second believe that your dad is right for mistreating you because you didn't measure up to your sister. The fact is your father is seriously troubled. Rather than recognize how special you really are (yes, you ARE special), he instead lashed out at you. THAT isn't your fault.

I'm delighted you are now in a safe place, and that neither your mother nor father is in a position to hurt you now. Yes, I would say that in the long run you're in a better place because of your loving and caring cousins. It shows there are still families out there who are willing to step in when other family members step out of line with their children. I applaud and commend your cousins.

The other thing about your story that stood out for me was the fact that even at a young age you understood that it was inappropriate for your father to have beaten you for a failing paper. (Indeed, a beating is ALWAYS inappropriate.) That tells me you still have a good self-esteem. So many children who have been beaten believe they deserved it. You DIDN't deserve to get beaten, no matter what; and the fact that you get that is such a good thing. I applaud and commend you too, Heath. You deserve to be in a happy environment.

Thank you for sharing your story with my visitors and me.

A Video Reading by Darlene Barriere
Darlene Barriere
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Violence & Abuse Prevention Educator
Author: On My Own Terms, A Memoir

Jun 02, 2009
know you are loved begin to love yourself more each day.
by: maurice

Heath, Darlene's site, great you found it and told your story to her and her visitors. But to her Heath is all that matter because she has given you loving words of support and encouragement to Always believe in yourself. Your self esteem and worth are so important to you so build on your already acceptance of yourself. As being special, unique, love the real me in you all of the time. Intelligent, highly gifted at expressing your feelings (honest) Heath, think positive thoughts about yourself, act positive and be confident carrying out what you know and decide what is the best for you. You've come through alot which you did not deserve to come through. It was not your fault. Great your cousins saw that you needed to be loved and cared for. You are much happier in yourself so Heath live well, laugh alot and love much. Hi look in that mirror and talk to that wonderful and beautiful Me in it. Say I can accomplish anything I want in my life. With a little bit of love and help from my cousins and friends. I can, I will, I must do it all for me. Then I will be better able to love others and help others because I understand better.

Jun 03, 2009
Happy for you.........
by: Judy

Hello Heath - I am saddened by what you had to experience at the hands of those who are supposed to love, nuture, and protect you. However, I am so happy that you ended up with loving family members. Stay strong, focused, and always be encouraged. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your life! Judy

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