BOSQUE FARMS — The day she wondered if she could take off her seat belt, open the door and jump from a moving car was the day Jean D. Stouffer knew she needed to make a change in her life. She didn't make that leap, but instead, Stouffer took another leap — one that led her down the path of healing from childhood trauma and releasing long-held pain and sadness. Stouffer's father died when she was 5 years old, leaving her mother to raise her and her siblings — a brother, age 6, and a sister, 8. Jean D. Stouffer, author of “Sometimes I Cry,” lives in Bosque Farms. “My mother could never grieve. It started with a glass of wine at night and then went way off the rails,” Stouffer said. “We were left with chaos.” Looking back now as an adult, Stouffer realizes she didn't process what happened during her childhood, but rather simply moved forward in life, taking all the expected steps — college, marriage, and children, then a move to New Mexico. Something just wasn't right. Stouffer said she wanted to cry and would have all the usual emotions. Then the day in the car happened. She and her husband, Dan, had been out of town, and the morning they were driving home to Bosque Farms, they had a minor spat, which was unusual. That's when she contemplated making that jump from the car. “When we got home, I found an apartment, grabbed my purse, and […]
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