I was originally going to make a post about the status of BotCon and how I’m not sure what may actually be in the convention’s future but I can’t. Well, not after this. (That and I want Prime’s help with it, since the convention is kinda special to both of us.) But once I heard this, I had to post about it. And I warn you: this one is tough. If you think you can handle it then by all means, keep on reading.
This is straight from Progressive Secular Humanist: it’s audio of a mother–a Jehovah’s Witness–verbally and physically abusing her atheist son. If you want to listen to the audio, be warned: it is very disturbing, as I was shaking by the time it was over.
It also sounds like something straight from my own childhood.
The cold retort of “Go ahead, call CPS”, the derisive comments about having “mental issues”, the cold and bitter laugh that erupts from the mother, along with her scathingly sarcastic tone… all of it was far too close and far too familiar. I heard this when I was younger; it all sounds as if it had been taken from my childhood. I felt trapped in that car with that poor boy, feeling very small and very defenseless and very alone, as if that was my own mother, shouting and threatening me. When the audio was over, all I wanted to do was cry.
Hell, I still want to cry right now.
I really wish I could help this poor kid. I honestly do. I just wish I could have a few minutes to tell him that what his mother said to him was completely and utterly wrong, that the way he was treated was abusive and that he didn’t deserve it, that once he gets out of that situation things will get better for him.
In other words, I just wish I could say to him the things that were never said to me.