Leaving Refuge, Killing Mommy

Leaving Refuge, Killing Mommy

Leaving Refuge –

The girl woke up to the usual dread of leaving her refuge. She would do anything to evade school.

She applied hot washcloths on her forehead to mimic a fever, to scraping the back of her gullet with a needle, drawing thin lines of blood, to show Daddy she had a bad sore throat. Sometimes she would try crushing her hand, foot or leg beneath weighty objects.

These were just a few of her techniques.

Injuring herself in any fashion proved acceptable, she reasoned, in order to not leave her bedroom.


I am in the process of publishing the sensitive details of my memoir.

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Leaving Refuge, Killing Mommy

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  1. Oh my, Tamara. That very first part, about wanting to avoid school, and the washcloth trick, is quite relatable. If only my seven-year-old self had read this entry. Why didn’t I think of that?

    Then, things quickly moved far beyond anything I experienced or even, in some cases, beyond what I can comprehend,

    The most tragic part is, the world wasn’t done with you yet at that point. Not even close.

    We have the advantage now of knowing how things unfolded, and the path you took, but such clarity wasn’t available then. Reading of your struggles makes me gasp, then considering the resolve and the goodness it took for you to triumph, brings a smile

    Still, I applaud your courage in dredging up these memories. Recollections, I’m sure, part of you would just as soon have abandoned to the mists. Yet, you share them with us. Cathartic, maybe, and definitely generous. Majorly so, Tamara.

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    1. TA, your words have a musical quality in their soothing tone. Your comments are not only kind and generous, but also thought-provoking.

      Your recipes are wonderful, but I really do think you should take up creative writing. Your words would benefit others, greatly- as they do for me.

      Thank you!

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