Mom of 10-year-old Son
The reason I’m sharing this picture (photo not included) is because of the energy level displayed in this photo is something historically unheard of in my house. The closeness of my family shown here is something that was unfathomable at the beginning of the summer.
It was a constant storm, day in and day out; utterly exhausting for everyone. You see, none of us could handle being together for any amount of time without explosive arguments happening, hurtful words and actions, or feeling tension, at the very least.
Tonight, we sat on the couch together simply because we wanted to be near one another; the TV wasn’t on, there wasn’t a time out happening … we just wanted to sit and laugh, be near each other with love. We all wanted to connect and felt safe enough to seek it out without “needing a reason.”
At the start of our program with Michelle and Healthy Foundations, getting us to stay within arms length of each other took every ounce of energy we had. Getting us to come together for any length of time, and be peaceful, was one of our greatest challenges. Simply enjoying one another, as we are, was something we didn’t know how to do.
I am proud to say that the level of chill in my house is at an all time high. We still have our struggles but they don’t feel catastrophic today, they feel normal. We all feel free.
Thank you, Healthy Foundations and staff, for bringing us together again. Forever Grateful!