Julia, it sounds like we went through a lot of similar stuff for similar reasons. And I could not have said it better. It is SOOO hard to explain in terms of the current discussions on the subject.

Would I want my daughter to go through what I went through? Definitely not. Do I feel like a poor, helpless victim . not at all. I don’t think they meant to damage me any more than I meant to allow myself to be damaged.

There was a different conversation happening then.

I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I know I want it to be spelled right and punctuated correctly. I guess that’s something.

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