One day at work, during lunch break, some friends and I were...

One day at work, during lunch break, some friends and I were discussing what our relationships with our mothers had been as we were growing up. Two of the women related unhappy experiences and were concerned that they now manifested some of the same negative traits they'd seen in both their mothers and their grandmothers. They also remarked that the chain of learning behaviors seemed hard to break.

It then dawned on me what a complete healing my mother had had in this regard. Her mother committed suicide when she was three years old, and her father gave her up for adoption at the age of twelve—a decision she fought greatly. Her life with this new family presented many severe challenges, due to the fact that she was sexually abused by her stepfather. About this time, she was enrolled in a Christian Science Sunday School. My mother once commented that the loving support of her Sunday School teachers was extremely important during this period.

December 6, 1982

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