p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;"emThis is for you./em/p
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p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 100%;"Huddled beneath the scratchy comforter, arms wrapped around your knees, shaking. Tear streaming down your face. Muffling your cries in your pillow because you can't let anyone hear you cry./p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 100%;" /p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;"emThis is for you./em/p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 100%;" /p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 100%;"Walking through life with the brightest smile on your face and the weight of the world on your shoulders./p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 100%;" /p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;"emThis is for you./em/p
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p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 100%;"Hiding in the bathroom with the door closed, vomiting your guts out. emAgain./em Wiping your mouth, psyching yourself up just to face humanity again./p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 100%;" /p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;"emThis is for you./em/p
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p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 100%;"Staring down at the blood pooling on your wrists, completely disassociated from yourself. Does it hurt? You don't know; it's been too long since you felt anything at all./p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 100%;" /p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;"emThis is for you./em/p
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p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 100%;"Pulling your sleeves down over the cuts on your wrists. Sticking to the outsides of crowds. Walking with your head low, earbuds in, invisible. Because that's all you've ever been. Invisible./p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 100%;" /p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;"emBut I see you./em/p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;"emYou are not alone./em/p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;" /p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 100%;"When you were huddled beneath your blankets, crying, I was listening. I pulled the scratchy comforter tighter around you and wiped your tears away./p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 100%;" /p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 100%;"I saw you walking with the world's weight on your shoulders – and I made your shoulders stronger./p
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p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 100%;"When your fear sent you into hiding, I too, came. I stood behind you in the bathroom stall. Looked back at you from the mirror. Reminded you that emeverything will be okay./em/p
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p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 100%;"You slit your wrists – I stood beside you and cried. My tears fell and they washed the blood away./p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 100%;" /p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;"emI see you./em/p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;" /p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 100%;"I walk beside you as you push your way through life. I wrap my arms around you. I cannot take the pain away, my child, but I can carry it with you./p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 100%;" /p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;"emYou are not alone./em/p