I have a scar on my elbow. Whenever I happen to notice it I remember how I got it.
I remember being frightened of my ex's drunk and erratic driving. The way he cut in and out of traffic. I remember the car going off the road then starting to flip when it came back and a rear tire blew out. I remember waking up in the hospital. I remember my mom showing up and drive us home. The memories come quick as a flash and go just as quickly.
I have other scars. (Don't we all?) There are some that are deep inside me. The childhood memories. Every once in a while I happen upon one of them and I remember how it got there and how I felt. These memories last longer in my head than do the memories of the visual scars.
But they do go away.. Until next time. In between? I have some peace.