This metaphor perfectly nails the way children are so eager to believe the lies of alienating parents. They miss their absent parent, giving the alienator the perfect opportunity to feed them full of lies to fill the void, and the child eventually begins
It's who he was. This hit it on the nail. Even though it's been years i still can't let him go. Even though he's moved on and let me go with no after thought. But its time and I'm done breaking my own heart.