Raise your hand if you NEVER thought you would EVER read THAT blog post title here at This Full House of crunchy floors and sticky socks [raises handed] me, either.
Unlike my house, I like to keep things light and airy on my blog.
The show on Dating Violence aired on Katie yesterday and my husband was more than just a little surprised to learn that I did not watch it.
"What do you mean you didn't watch it?!?"
Honestly, a part of me was all, like, I wonder if the camera caught a glimpse of us -- we were in the front row, to the right of the stage -- truth is, it was VERY difficult for me to sit through it the first time.
"Mom, I'm on break and they got the show on here at work!"
Especially, with my grown up baby girl sitting next to me, considering this was Holly's first experience at attending something like this AND not having been on a real date-date before.
It's okay, she said I can blog that.
Quite frankly, hearing the story of University of Virginia college student Yeardley Love's murder, at the hands of her "former" boyfriend, was beyond brutal.
Listening to Yeardley's mother and sister speak of their grief over her death, for the first time, in front of millions...well...as a mother, sister and daughter, it shook me to the core.
I was then asked if I would be interested in sharing my thoughts about the show on Katie's website and, as a mom of 3 teens and 1 tween...well...how I could not?!?
I looked through my notes (note: I'm the only one typing away and was so glad the staff thought to introduce me as the "blogger of the day" during one of the breaks after also noticing all the WTH?!? looks I was getting from the rest of the audience!) and then tossed them aside.
"I just talked to Holly about the possibility of my being able to blog our conversation [after the show] and she is okay with...me, too. Just a thought."
Sadly, I am no stranger to dating violence. I decided to share my story and it was the MOST difficult blog post to write.
I feel very, very fortunate to be able to say that the experience left me with nothing more than a migraine...physically, I mean.
Frankly, I was a little worried about some folks considering sharing my story as the airing out of dirty laundry and I would have to agree with them.
There is NOTHING light and airy about dating violence.
"So, I wrote this blog post on Katie Couric's site."
My husband, Garth (not his real name) has long made peace with the fact that I blog stuff about us (9 years and counting) however, I don't share any stories here that I wouldn't feel comfortable telling you about on your couch or at my kitchen table.
"I know you wrote it, I shared the link on Facebook."
I need no further validation -- other than perhaps my and Holly's story will spark conversation in other families, as well.
Aaaaand, trust me when I tell you that my hands are shaking, even now -- here is the link:
No, this was not a paid opportunity. The mental and emotional release...priceless.
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