Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Bird out of the cage May 23, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Audrey Kletscher Helbling @ 5:00 AM
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Bird art perched on a front yard rock.

Bird art perched on a front yard rock in a Northfield, MN., garden. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo.

PLEASE TAKE TIME this weekend to read and/or view this story from Fargo:


It’s that important.

Be free. Be that bird out of the cage.

FYI: If you are in an abusive relationship, seek help. Call your local domestic abuse hotline or the National Domestic Violence hotline at 1-800-799-7233. If you are in immediate danger, call 911. Have a safe plan to leave your abuser. You deserve to be free of physical, emotional, mental and verbal abuse, control and manipulation.

Copyright 2015 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


10 Responses to “Bird out of the cage”

  1. Marneymae Says:

    Thank you for sharing this story

  2. Littlesundog Says:

    Fear keeps many people in abusive relationships. I grew up in domestic abuse. Neighbors and even family fear getting involved. It takes real courage to stand up to the abuser, and there is certainly nothing wrong with fleeing. “Have a safe plan to leave” the abuser is excellent advice, Audrey. There are many groups and programs today to help those in a bad situation.

    • I am sorry you had to live through this “hell.” I am so thankful for the increased awareness about domestic violence and all of those wonderful, dedicated individuals and organizations who help victims, survivors and those who love them.

  3. Jackie Says:

    Such and empowering testimony, thanks for sharing this Audrey….If it only women reads this and “becomes free” from her abuser, then it’s all worth it. Thank you for sharing this story!

  4. Sue Ready Says:

    I must say that this may be one of your most powerful, empowering, thoughtful posts on the topic, It was a sparse post picturing two bird figurines and a link that really caught my attention. You did not have to sermonize as it said it all. The Fargo article was well written and a heartwrenching message to reach out to other abuse victims. The anchor is in a good position to reach out to others on the subject..
    Thanks for sharing with your readers. .

  5. Beth Ann Says:

    Wonderful way to visualize the freedom that one can experience outside of the confines of abuse. Thank you for sharing. I think this can really make a difference to many caught in abusive relationships. Thanks for sharing.

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