As a child Abigail would try to do everything right to win her adoptive mother over: cleaning the house, getting good grades and even wanting to physically look like her. As an adult she followed the same cycle with Jacob: doing everything for him, taking his clothes to the laundry, buying his groceries, trying to look and act a certain way in order to win his love and acceptance. A broken soul's issues are the same the only thing that changes are the actions. The cycle continues until it is broken by truth, confrontation and healing.
Along life's path there are certain things that we simply overcome by maturity but there are others that need to be reveled, confronted and healed. Those are the issues that require time, determination and perseverance in order to heal. There will always be people and things in our lives that will remind us of our past. There will be abusers that will take advantage of us if we allow it. Its only after we acknowledge and see clearly the source of our pain and pursue the road to healing at all cost that we are able to receive the love that we truly deserve. Alfred is the symbol of that still soft voice inside of us that believes in us and reminds us of our true value.
* a box filled with headlines of your past. When you least expect it you are confronted with difficult situations that can destroy you or make you stronger.
* the secret drawer where Abby kept her true self hidden and undiscovered. She had never felt safe enough to share that side of her life with anyone.
* When Alfred told Abby he had never left, that he had always been there- the role of God in our lives. We are the ones that walk away from him, He is always there.
I can go on and on about this short novel, loved writing it and am glad that you enjoyed reading it. I hope to write many more. Thanks for your support and encouragement. Have a great weekend :)