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Could You Just Pick Up and Leave Your Kids for Over a Decade?
This week we’ve seen the amazing return of three brave women, who overcame 10 years of separation from their families, along with unthinkable abuse in the hands of their captors. But what about people that knowingly and willingly just decide to leave their families – their children?
This past week, we also saw the return of Brenda Heist, a Pennsylvania woman who went missing in 2002, but she wasn’t abducted. She just decided to leave her life with her two children behind and move to Florida. Eleven years later she is back. And even though she has “apologized” to her family, I don’t blame them if they never take her back into their lives. What child would want to welcome a mother back that had abandoned them a decade ago?
It isn’t as though the thought hasn’t crossed my mind – just pick up and go for a long drive. The long nights, constant demands, incessant crying and whining, endless chores – the list goes on. It isn’t easy to be a mom. I get it. But no matter how bad it is, would you just leave? Sure my kids drive me crazy sometimes and I need a break. We all do – that is natural. What isn’t natural is to just leave indefinitely. Truth is, if I do get away for a weekend drive with the girls or a date night with my hubby, I miss my kids. I can’t fathom leaving them forever, or even for more than a few days!
In my book, this mom crossed a line, and her family does not need to forgive. But what do you think, would you ever consider just leaving or was this mom out of her mind?