That Look
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I told you that story and was surprised by the look of horror on your face.

I will never forget that look. 

It has become a measuring rod, often repeating in my mind,

As I try to separate the abusive from the non abusive memories.

Would you be appalled by this story or that one?

My own perception has been distorted by all those years.

There was revulsion, but no judgement on your face.

You didn’t blame me for any of it.

Instead, you saw me as the survivor I have become.

When I recall your face I also see respect and even a little admiration.

So I stand up straighter and brace for whatever comes next, as I process it all and move on.

And I will be forever grateful, to you, for that look.


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