This will be a different type of entry today, well maybe; maybe not.
Alec Baldwin.....I've heard that video/tape/voice whatever so many times. Each time it makes me physically ill because I've heard that voice and tone of voice in my past directed toward my three children. The voice was my ex's. Some of the media just makes me want to reach through the tv and grab them. I don't think many realize just how damaging anger, words and tones of voices are when directed toward children.
Children are brought into this world as a gift. They are to be loved and nutured. Words frighten them beyond belief. I've seen first hand how words damage children. All three of mine have had to fight their way back to learning that they are worthy. It's extremely difficult to repair a severely damaged self esteem.
I will relate a story that I may have told before. At one time Becky and Joey shared a room when they were around 4 & 6. My MIL gave them old neckties, belts, scarves, etc for dress up. They had an odd habit. Becky would tie all these things together into about a 25 ft. rope-like thing and attach it to her Smurf baby buggy's handle. I would remove it and throw it away because I was afraid they would strangle themselves. I got rid of all that stuff. Next all the shoe laces were gone from the shoes and attached in a rope to the buggy's handle. Dang, what was wrong with her? I removed that and threw it away. Next came sheets tied together and attached. The buggy was always near one of the two windows.
Years later the mystery was solved and what I found out made me puke, literally. Throw up from shame and heartache. They were absolutely terrified beyond belief of their father's vicious tirades. They feared he would kill them after they went to bed. Things were tied to the buggy and kept by the window for escape. Dear God...escape. I cry now when I think of those two babies feeling the fear and need at that age to have an escape plan. And now, years later, they both struggle with feelings of unworthiness.
So, if Kim Basinger released that tape, there will be no criticism from me. I know she has been no saint in the mudslinging but a mother needs to do whatever she can to protect her children from fear and violence. I do believe Ireland fears her dad. If any of us think this is a one time incident, then you haven't lived the life of domestic abuse, and verbal abuse is a predecessor to physical abuse. The final straw of my verbal abuse....a knife to my neck.