Fa├žade

I work hard to maintain a certain image that people can easily understand. Polite, cheerful, intelligent, and easy to talk to. Perhaps that’s what drew the pastor into becoming a fast friend. When I told him I was moving on, he admitted he wasn’t planning on frequenting the store without me. My co-workers were transparently […]

Avoidance

“You’re an avoidant, but I made you this way because I love you. Remember those five years I let those kids bully you every day? The point where you turned to Me believing nobody else would want you? My eyes were brimming with tears and I knew I had done the right thing. I tested […]

Father

The little angel had her father wrapped around her finger. He cherished his daughter’s delighted smile and infectious laughter. Sure, it was hard to tell her “no” sometimes, but generally it was because he had something better in store than the things she wanted right now. Growing up, she learned the importance of fulfilling her […]

Membership

I am a member of the regulars’ club. As such, I’m entitled to a steep discount. I know the owner as a friend. I’m on a first name basis with the staff. It costs me nothing to belong here. Membership at a church is a raw deal. As a single young woman, I was generally […]

Beliefs

If there was ever anyone who could not become an athiest, it was me. I was born and raised in the church. Faith was the life-blood of my family. Every Sunday my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins would gather together to praise God at church and would gather together to bless God for our lunch […]