Just so we don’t take life too casually and forget that Angel has dissociative identity disorder, every now and then something happens to snap us back into the realization that Angel has many “parts”, especially an “angry” part and at least 2 other parts that took all of the abuse as an infant and toddler . The other parts do not know these parts, but they are aware the exist. Every now and then the angry one does something to remind them, lest they forget the great sacrifice he made so they could generally lead a happy, successful life. Last night was such a time. Angel had brought home an artwork on a large poster board. He had painstakingly drawn a huge apple tree, and cut out apples. He had a beautiful happy sun in the corner of the picture, and apples representing Marie, Stephen, Francis, Dinora, me and my husband, his dog, and 9 apples to represent himself. It was a happy picture of our family. Proud of his artwork, he had it hanging on the wall in his bedroom. This morning when he woke up, the sun and most of the apples had been “blacked out” with black charcoal, (where did he get THAT?) The only thing left untouched were 3 of his, representing the 3 parts of which he is not generally aware! If it weren’t true, it would be unbelievable.
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