No, I am NOT comparing myself to a Holocaust victim. Context, people.
Former Dh and his sister's mother IS an actual, real, live Holocaust survivor. She is an amazing woman, however her own ghosts have certainly influenced her parenting and survival in this lifetime. I have real, genuine empathy for their family, as second generation survivors of the Holocaust.
Dear You Know Who You Are:
I would just like to be the first to let you know that it will be a
You see, I have thought about this for many hours, nocturnal and otherwise, and I have come to the same conclusion each time: You betrayed me in a way which I not only find very difficult to forgive, but also in a way that women should never have to describe against their trusted women friends.
I trusted you so very much; I trusted you with my babies' very lives until you threatened my own.
I could have forgiven the verbal attack.
But you witnessed me being hurt.
You witnessed me being bruised and violated.
You witnessed me being choked.
You refused to call help for me, though I begged you and even reminded you of the number in case you had forgotten; 911.
The phone was next to you - on the table.
I couldn't reach it.
But you could.
You let my child witness a violent act, and you alone decided to let him witness it.
You are a broken and sad woman.
I have tried to recreate a path of empathy for your family; I have begun to educate myself on the second generation Holocaust victims' paths and struggles, and I hope that you can do the same.
I have sadness for you, but I also have fear.
You have made a grave error.