Growing up, you made me fell uncomfortable about being a girl. You were obsessed with my breasts before they even developed. After they did, I had to stop wearing anything somewhat tight, tank tops, and anything lower than a crew neck. To this day, if I know you and I will be in the same place, I won't wear anything that might draw attention to them. It took me a few years after I moved out to start wearing more feminine clothing. I wish you knew how to draw a line of whose boobs are okay to look at. Mine, my friends, your granddaughters, and their friends fall into this category.
I still have trouble allowing people, especially men, to get close to me. Your violent mood swings scared the crap out of me. Now they just piss me off! I was proud of my brothers when they stood up to you. To this day, I wish I would have told earlier about the times you hit me. I was a little girl! I was crying and cowering on the floor. Did you really have to hit me that hard?
Your mind games are probably what hurts most of all. You made me feel worthless. I believed for years I was dumb, ugly, and that no one would ever truly love me. You were angry with me once and caused my own brother not to talk to me. Why would you do that? Last year, at the reunion, the day before your birthday, I tried talking to you. I even said, "Happy Birthday! If I knew you were going to be here, I would have brought your card." You turned your back on me. An hour later, I tried again to talk to you. You ignored me. After you left, my cousin told me you told her that I hated you. I reached out, and you swatted it away. That really hurt!!
Because of your actions, I had hard time (and still somewhat do) understanding God's love for me. He loves me unconditionally. He created me and wants great things for me. Every day, I learn something new and grow closer to Him.
I'm working on forgiving you. Not for you, but for me. It is a process. Just know that because I forgive you doesn't mean I will forget. Nor does it mean I want a close relationship with you. Maybe one day I will, but there are no guarantees.