we celebrate and we mourn

I very briefly spoke with the Associated Press, really didn’t pause for questions (unlike when I’m in front of a camera, and my brain freezes searching for words). “My story’s old,” I said, “but there are other former members who now have a voice.” We celebrate, but we also mourn for all the damage done, especially for the woman whose boy died, and her family, but also for all the current members and their families from whom they’ve been separated for years. As my daughter Rebekah once said, “the pain never fully goes away.”