The Way My Father Raised Me, ......to keep my mouth shut, i never really ever became familiar with, and certainly not comfortable with, expressing myself verbally, and i regrettably don't often know how to open my mouth to defend myself - to stand up for my rights. I always fear the other person or persons will quickly possess the upper hand - gain the advantage of the situation - and immediately belittle me, which is what my father always did. So ever since early grade school i've learned how to proficiently express myself in writing. Getting beat up for over thirteen years by my father and berated and belittled much longer than that by him and my stepmother, my writing proficiency was a very hard-earned skill.
eleanorssong 56-60, F 3 Responses 3 Feb 6, 2012