Thursday, January 10, 2013
Such is the mindset of Brandy at the beginning of our story. Such is the mindset of many victims of mental and emotional abuse. They don't want anyone to see their pain because pain and tears indicate weakness and because no one would believe them anyway. No one would believe them because mental and emotional abuse don't leave visible scars. The victim has no proof. They don't even know it's abuse because at some point they began believing the things their abuser says about them. They think they really are worthless and weak. They believe they are a poor excuse for a wife or husband, mother or father. They think they deserve to be treated the way they are treated.
Brandy was married to a mentally and emotionally abusive man. She denied her anger, even to herself, during her marriage. Years later, she is just beginning to acknowledge it and our story is about her facing her anger and refusing to let it continue controlling her.
She begins to heal and move on with her life after falling in love with Scott. He is not her savior though. He is her lover and a true friend. He shows her the beauty he sees inside her. When she feels powerless and is tempted to quit trying he makes her dig down deep and find the strength she has buried. Scott doesn't save Brandy. He helps her save herself.