Back in 1999, I was excommunicated (disfellowshipped) from the Jehovah's Witness community for an infraction of the religion's tenets. That is another story entirely but if you've read my blog and you've heard me allude to a six hour interrogation process, this is the event I'm referring to.
After the decision was made by the group elders to disfellowship me, I called my best friend at the time to let her know, as we would not be allowed to have any contact for a while due to the shunning policy. I told her of my "infraction" and she was speechless.
"I'm disappointed. You were always the strong one," she said.
Yes, I had always been the strong one. Until I couldn't be the strong one anymore.