The truth gave me an aching-sense of relief and confidence to take the next step forward.
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He entered my room in a cloak of silence. He greeted me masked in kindness. Fully clothed in a disguise of safety, Ivan looked down at me.
I shivered from a draft swirling around me. My insides tightened as a force of fear invaded my world. Heaviness settled in the center of my soul, pulling me down. It felt like I was falling—inward.
Autumn arrived with no answers. The cycle of dread hijacked my thoughts and the lingering concern for Hannah’s odd behavior while visiting relatives haunted me. The demands of being a stay-at-home mom to three children, under the age of four, fell to the forefront. But unresolved issues from the past continued to haunt me.
I was convinced my daughter Hannah was mistreated while in the care of Ivan, one of my relatives. However, I had no proof.
I learned that Ivan took my daughter Hannah—20-month-old, on an outing. When they returned Hannah acted traumatized and flew into a temper tantrum.