When she said,
this wasn’t supposed to happen to me,
a tray crashed—I heard someone laugh
(at my own failed marriage?)
Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain.
The novel takes a hard look at how children who endure growing up in dysfunctional families, suffer dire consequences and are left to a lifetime of personal struggles.
I still see her, standing there
fastening a floral apron
tripping on the cord of her own life
He would give her something to cry about.
If she knew what was good for her,
she would do something with her hair.
From the table I selected a Big Book:
“The more hopeless he feels, the better.”
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