There is always a line of people here who desperately need our help, and we get to them as quickly as we can - never fast enough. We have found that it is useful to have each person write down for us what is happening in their lives, what got them to a point of crisis. This keeps them busy writing while they are waiting, and gives us critical information. This is what Thornton wrote while he was waiting:
"How young does a new life need to be for abuse to lead to a damaged soul? I really need to know, if anyone here knows for sure. I made a mistake. I shouldn't have married Teresa. I was thinking with my dick, not my head. I suppose we are very typical. We had a good start, then she got pregnant, then we lost interest, then frustration set in, and in our case, frustration led to violence. She would get angry with me over the least little things, and would hit and punch me. She hurt me several times pretty bad. One time I had to go to work with a black eye and try to explain it. I'm a bad liar. Neither of us was having a good time. The world seriously changed one time when she swung a broom at me. My baby daughter was on some pillows on the sofa behind me, and when Teresa swung I naturally moved to cover my daughter, to protect her so she wouldn't get hit.
Teresa watched me do that and seriously smiled. It was an angry, evil, smile. She pushed me away, pushed me to the floor and grabbed our baby. She understood that this was one way to get to me, because