It started with a simple apology and ended with an understanding. Sometimes we think that we don't need that simple thing, because hey life goes on. But does it really? I was hurting, and not just because I needed an apology, but because I needed to give one. In all actuality I need to give several including one to myself, my children, my mom and my sister. In my hurt, I hurt all of them. I didn't know it then, but I can surely see it now. It needs to be sincere, and it doesn't always end in forgiveness. Do we accept this reality? Yes, we do because as much as the apology was for them, it's for us too. To release our pain and fix our issues. It starts with us and ends with us.