You Are Looking At An Abused Woman, And You Didn’t Even Know It Kate Masters Published in Dec 2018 / Updated in Aug 2021 She sits and watches the world go by, sipping her coffee slowly, relishing its taste. She adds some more items to her grocery list. She orders another coffee and waits patiently for it to arrive. The first indication that something may be wrong is you see her twisting her wedding ring round and round, and she keeps glancing at her phone. Her coffee arrives, she relaxes a little, she slowly drinks it, then with much reluctance, she gets up, pays for her coffee, and begins to fill her cart. She takes her time picking items, looking with unusual interest at items on the shelf. Perhaps you are wondering what could possibly be so interesting about grocery shopping. It’s not the shopping at all. It’s the freedom of being away from him. She is enjoying every second away from him, the peace it gives her. She pays for her groceries and leaves the store. You watch her load her trunk, take her cart back. She seems lost in thought, and she is. She is wondering what mood he is in. She is anxious about returning home. You are looking at an abused woman, and you didn’t even know it.