Stop


The last thing I said to him was stop. The last thing I said to him was stop. The last thing I said to him was stop. Stop yelling. Stop crying. Stop blaming. Stop. The last thing I said to him was stop.

Take out a deck of cards and write an apology on each one. The 7 of diamonds – what are you apologizing for? How about the 3 of clubs? What apology fits best on the jack of spades?

If you shuffled the deck and pulled a card out at random, would you know who the apology belonged to? Your great-aunt Julia? Your mean cousin Jimmy who broke into your house and stole your mother’s jewelry? Would you apologize to your son, or to yourself? Would you apologize to the stranger you cut off in traffic last week?

The last thing I said to him was stop. The last thing I said to him was stop. The last thing I said to him was stop. I might have said I’m sorry you are hurting. Stop.

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