To not hide was her objective and to think of it made bile rise in the back of her throat. She knew with this new assignment she would be required to bring into her workplace a transparency that she had hitherto avoided. Where would the courage come from to do it, and where would her awkward attempts at change take her?
She’d masterfully hidden from the world for decades, or so she thought. Sure, there were a few people who knew the real deal, but most of them were now dead, and those left living had departed from her region of the world. They were off making something of themselves, serving on distant mission fields, or baking gingerbread fancies with white icing ruffles trimming the edges of their poofy ginger skirts and shirts. Gingerbread-loving grand babies would eat those confections as soon as they cooled from the oven and had dressed themselves. She was sure that domestic duties and sticky-sugar hugs were keeping those companions busy these days. They had no time, nor the inclination, to check in on her or pick up the phone and call to make sure life was treating her fairly. It wasn’t, she mused, but they would never know. Her smoke and mirror act performed these past forty years had emphasized hiding the real Sally from view, while constructing a feigned and more fascinating model to hide behind.
But this job…
This job would require a new frankness. It would require painful truth, unmasked weakness, and an authenticity Sally wasn’t entirely sure she was prepared to parse out to strangers. How could she do it? What would it take, and what would it cost her?
What job is Sally about to embark upon? What could it be that she has been hiding for so long?
Original work. Copyright LJH, July 2016