But I did.
And from all the medical buzz around the face transplant itself, what struck me the most was how she got to the face transplant medical procedure (over 30 of them prior to that).
She was quoted as saying, “If your husband threatens you in any way, it’s going to get worse. Even if they say something to you, they tell you…Oh, you’re ugly, you’re stupid. But if somebody points something at you and they say they’re going to do it, eventually they’re going to do it.”
In 2004 her husband shot her in the face then turned the gun on himself. He went to jail for seven years. She’s been to hell and back again multiple times.
But she said:
“I still love my husband. I forgave him the day he did it. I have to.”
It’s reported that he’s shown remorse since, telling her he’s sorry.
This haunts me. I don’t know how many times my birth father and first step father apologized after beating and berating my mother (not to be confused with the man I call Dad today).
I remember one time when my first step father was threatening my mother with a gun, saying he was going to blow her fucking brains out.
But if somebody points something at you and they say they’re going to do it, eventually they’re going to do it.
We got out of there just as we got away from my birth father. We were lucky. By the grace of God, or by our own. Or both.
But what about Connie Culp? She's a mother for Christ’s sake. She has a son and a daughter and two grandsons.
I still love my husband. I forgave him the day he did it. I have to.
By the grace of God. I don’t know if I could do it. Actually, I know I couldn’t. I can't and won't speak for my mother, however.
Not the uplifting Mother’s Day post I still plan on writing this weekend, but one that weighs heavy on my heart.
This is for all the mothers out there who have been abused. God bless you and your children.
I’m so happy my wife and daughter are joining me tomorrow for the Human Race.
This is for you, Mom. Happy Mother’s Day.
And Happy Fatherhood Friday as well. It’s a hip place at Dad-Blogs.com for dads and moms to share stories, ideas, photos and movies with one topic in mind – fatherhood. Good times.