Thank you so much for sharing this! I identified so much with it, as you can see by the highlighter.
The other thing about toxic family members is that you can never change them. They rarely gain self-awareness or work to better themselves. It sucks the sense of purpose out of the whole dance.
What we’re really doing is enabling everyone to pretend that this situation is healthy when it is not!
Wonderful piece, Crystal. I am working on getting brave enough to build a village & kick the toxic family structure away for good and for the good ;)