This all makes perfect sense to me, Demetria Bridges.
The more my mother talks about her childhood and adolescence, the more I understand what went down between us. She’s 73 now and has started reminiscing, and some of what is bobbing back up to the surface is frankly horrible.
She too was traumatized as an early age and it completely messed up her life and her relationships. Same with me, alas, but I haven’t given up trying to find balance and contentment yet.