I am so moved by your story of the flashback and where it occurred. And I actually cried when you shared that wife was on one side, and your wise and gentle f-n-law on the other.
I am close in my journey to where you are as well. Truly beginning to feel. And in small doses, ever seemingly to peel away the protective layers one at time, only as I can handle. Thank you for this post. As the others have stated, it is strengthening to know someone else is close to the same stage in dealing with the abuse, seeing things more clearly for what they actually are, and determined to emerge into a new reality. You have made some numbness subside tonight and I cry. TY.
For now we see through a glass, darkly.