Your memory reminds us that intense emotion contributes to the power of memories to persist and to affect our perceptions of ourselves and others. Sometimes early childhood memories are inaccurate in important details, because young children cannot understand events and information in the same way adults do. It is difficult to explain social relationships to young children, and your experience reminds us of the importance of explaining such situations only when a child is mature enough and then in terms the child can understand.

It is clearer today that family means so much more than the traditional biological model or example once considered the norm. When painful memories dominate, it can be very helpful to explore the more positive experiences and to consider how one can learn from the past and grow beyond it. It is encouraging to focus on how we can overcome the painful experiences of the past and build the kind of future we want to look forward to.

Thank you so much for contributing your memory and its impact.

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