Personally, I understand the importance of speaking out. Because when I was in a position of being harassed by two young men...well, I didn't. And I should have. Hindsight is often viewed in perfect vision. When things are happening and you don't know who would actually believe you or risk doing anything given the situation involved persons of community and financial standing, well, in that moment, vision is blurred by so much crap.
Bullying is another topic addressed. We now have a National Month of Bullying Awareness so suffice it to say, it's a problem.
Today, I'm stepping ninja-style on my soapbox to speak about happily ever afters vs. not-so-happily ever afters.
My last name is not Brown by birth, rather, by choice. I kept it as part of the divorce. For those of you lucky enough to never have to go through such a travesty, you get the option to keep your married name or go back to your maiden name. I kept mine.
I earned it.
Not through any horrible physical abuses. Actually, the love started with a happily ever after in mind. I truly believed I'd found my soul mate. Not as a young tender thing out of high school with the scent of milk still fresh on my breath. And not as some biological countdown to "womanly doomsday". He and I loved deep. And I thought, "This is it."
But it wasn't.
After setting up our house, two cars, perfectly mown lawn and giving birth to Chipmunk, all we lacked was the white picket fence. Happily ever after seemed a reality.
But there are some things that just can not and should not be put up with. And so, happily ever after spiraled away from my grasp, a feathery dream I occasionally feel teasing my fingertips several years later...knowing what happily ever after was like. For my own sanity, I do not dwell on it, but I sometimes wonder if such a fantasy could ever happen again.
That no-so-happily-ever-after was but one chapter in my life. And I'm glad to have more chapters that follow, with my Chipmunk by my side. Check out the topics addressed in Outcast and Break From You.
Noelle dreams of a different life, one where Trina Brockwell doesn’t exist. Trina has bullied Noelle since junior high. Now she’s tired of it. With the help of her black-sheep aunt and a defiant new classmate, Noelle seeks revenge. But vengeance comes with a price: Noelle risks friendship, her first love, and herself to get back at those who have wronged her.
Rebecca Green Gasper
Break from You
Love shouldn’t hurt this much…Brooke Myers wants to believe she has it all: the perfect guy, the perfect relationship, the perfect life. She wants to believe it so much that she's willing to overlook the fear, the isolation, and the pain her boyfriend has caused her. She knows it isn't right but tells herself that love isn't always easy. However, when a fire destroys the restaurant during homecoming dinner, she forms an instant bond with the boy who saves her, one her boyfriend wouldn’t like. With the pain of a concussion reminding her of how bad things can get, she is forced to re-evaluate the relationship she has with her boyfriend and face the ghosts that haunt her. Brooke once believed love was all it took…but is it enough? Is it truly love when you've lost yourself in it?
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