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Merry Christmas to our Parental Alienated Parents and Kids
Our Saviors birth is the purpose of Christmas yet those who are Alienated Parents and kids who are affected find this season particularly difficult
Another Christmas will soon pass without the hopeful attendance of my daughter Alexis and many reading this article will acknowledge the same.
After many years my life is filled with kindness, love and great hope and I wish the same for any parent who suffers the bleak dark blizzard found within parental Alienation.
Recently I was reminded by friends and loved ones the early years as I coped with PA. I remember for over a decade my method to cope for nearly every holiday involved sleeping pills to sleep the day away. Mostly, I had a large pepperoni pizza, later I would take my turn at the desk top counter at the Waffle House but intentionally miss the dinner crowd, watch a late movie and thru the day and night my sweet dog named Jenn would curl up beside me. Sometimes I went to family gathering while other times I chose not to attend. Moreover, if I attended holidays with my family, I may have attended to say hi and chat a short time but my heart and mind was engulfed in the tragedy of PA and it seemed impossible to escape the pain.
A very kind and trusted friend who lives in Arizona reminded me one Thanksgiving Day to “Get up” if you must WORK to get your mind off the holiday… Do it she said. I can’t be certain of the reason I listened to her at point but after ten years of repeating the same self-defeating action during the holidays I suppose I was ready to end the sadness and Do something other than muddling around in the dark waters of PA. She has been a kind friend from the distance who has also an alienated parent.
Perhaps the most valuable lesson I’ve learned from the many negative effects of PA was learning that sometimes our very best is only 10% yet we should record it in our own record books as a 100% best way to cope to arise the next day with the thought of the next morning quietly saying. “I made it thru another holiday”
May I remind you I care deeply for those who have endured PA and may you know how much our father in heaven cares for you as well.
Love is the greatest defender,
Darel L. Long
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