Not really impressive, it was necessary for the survival of us both. Being a mom changes you quick as I’m sure you know. That instinct to protect your offspring is probably the strongest. Still, it’s kind of a crazy thing to look back on. I never would have considered someone like me to end up in that cycle. I’d been very independent before marriage. He’d been married before and had a surprisingly long and intractable view of what being a wife meant. Each step towards domination seemed small and generally not out of the ordinary of how I knew some couples to be. They just kept adding up until I one day I woke with a black eye, pregnant and in the middle of nowhere (which I found out is just at the continental divide in Montana where 170 people lived).
That’s all a long time in the past now and I never had an abusive relationship again.
I hope we hear from Jennifer soon. I’m concerned she got beat up more than she expected by his defense attorney.