Looking Back with Gratitude

27 Oct

Hearing Shauna Newell’s story reminded me of a sleepover situation in my past. Looking back, I must have been in middle school at the time. I had developed a friendship with a girl in my class. She was very sweet, and we clicked right away as friends. At first, we just hung out after class and during lunch break. But eventually, we wanted to spend more time together. So we planned sleepovers—several of them—but always at my house. I would say, “Let’s do a sleepover at your house next time.” She always had an excuse why it wouldn’t work out. I kept pressing her until she finally looked at me with tears in her eyes and said, “Trust me, Barb. You do not want to have a sleepover at my house! Please don’t ask me why.” I can still see the devastated look on her face when she told me that. I never asked her again.

It wasn’t until she had moved away a few months later that I learned her father had been sexually abusing her for years, even before her mother had died. Who knows what might have happened to me if this friend had not loved me enough to protect me from her father. So you see, even in my day, sleepovers could prove risky. You don’t always know what’s going on in other people’s homes.

So old friend, (I won’t use your name to protect your privacy), if by some miracle you are reading this, thank you from the bottom of heart. Please know that after all these years, I have never forgotten youand I still love you! My prayer is that you were able to walk away from the hurts of your past and eventually have a happy life—one filled with all the good things you truly deserve.

Much love and gratitude,

Barbara (Rigich) Precourt


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One Response to “Looking Back with Gratitude”

  1. Stephanie October 27, 2011 at 9:46 am #

    Oh mom, what a story.I’m so glad you shared this here.


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