So how do you unravel the very long thread that winds throughout your life and represents the person you've become? Can you really explain to anyone why you feel the way you do about certain things and what helped to shape those thoughts? It's never any one little thing, and sometimes it's incredibly hard to find the right words to articulate how you came to be the way you are at the end of that rope.
I'll start with this: I am a child of Divorce. Nowadays, it means much less than it did back then, but keep in mind my age: I am 41 years old, and in the Seventies, Divorce was still rare, at least in my neighborhood. I was the unofficial outcast; the only one who had parents who didn't live in the same house. It was painful, and the way my parents handled themselves contributed to that...I realize now that they were too young to know better...but try telling that to my seven year-old heart.