That was when I realized that my mother would deny, deny, deny this man's actions, and keep making excuses for him, until one day she ended up dead at the wrong end of his temper.
He pulled a gun on her the other day. He's been keeping a girlfriend in the home he shares with my mother and pulled a gun on my mom when she dared to demand a divorce. She refuses to leave, refuses to call the cops. She is still making excuses.
She could have died, and she is still making excuses.
I feel sick.
I knew this was coming. I've known it for 13 years. And yet I still feel totally blindsided by all of this.