I Forgive You

I needed your safety, your comfort, your support.
Someone I knew I could go to when
I couldn’t handle the pain from the outside world.
Someone to listen and tell me it was going to be okay.
I needed that.
To not be pushed away or judged when I was sad,
when I was angry,
when I was hurt.
I needed to not be afraid to come to you,
to speak up,
to not expect more pain.
I needed you to care.
To ask how my day was.
To smile more when you saw me.
To celebrate when I was happy.
To do things I enjoyed doing –
To feel loved.
I needed that.
I was a kid.
I needed that.

-Sonja Jackson, OpenHeartTin

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