Nearly nine years after my ex-husband left, and after all of those years of being a single parent, of managing and getting on with life, I thought the difficulty and aftermath of the divorce had been dealt with. And then I realise that it hasn't been.
I wish my girls had been left untouched by my divorce from their dad. I wish I could smooth away the pain they still feel after all these years.
I hope that one day they'll come to terms with it. I hope the scars will heal and they can live their own lives without fearing it will be filled with disappointment.
I want them to be happy, to find love and nurture it. I want them to love someone without our divorce casting a shadow.
I wish I could make the hurt go away.