The Survivor Activist

Newsletter of Survivor Connections, Inc. - The True Memory Foundation®
1999 Submission

My Touchstone

Because we survivors as a group don't have a physical touchstone like the Aids Quilt or the Vietnam Memorial, I decided to create one in my own garden for myself and any of my survivor friends I choose to share it with. From a seed catalog specializing in plants native to my part of the country, I purchased and planted specific flowers that tell my story of being a survivor of sexual abuse.

Under the Oak tree (whose strength and steadiness represents me) I planted

Not all the flowers come up the same time. Some years, one or two don't come up at all. This is OK because survivors' stories are similar but not all the same.

The stately Oak tree, representing survivors, is there all year, every year.

My garden gives me peace. I have something pretty as a result of something ugly.

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