Today we have the next installment of Chapter One - MOM DROPS THE ULTIMATUM...
It started on a Monday. The End of
My Life. Ah, now I'm interested.
See, I hate doing Nothing. But I do
it anyway. Because in the end, doing Nothing seems just a bit better than doing
Something. Something is too ambiguous. How am I supposed to know what’s going
to happen if I do Something? At least, if I do Nothing, I know for a fact that
Nothing is going to happen. Love the logic - makes perfect sense to me!
So here (the word here implies present tense; I'd change it to 'there I was.') I was, doing Nothing, AKA
shopping. It was the day before Mother’s Day, and because my mom liked
surprises just as much as I did, she wanted to pick out her present with
“Look, Bernie,” she said, holding
up a shirt. “Doesn’t this bring out my eyes?”
My mom was still a child at heart.
I used to think that grownup stopped caring about those kind of things, but she
“What doesn’t?” My mom had these
great big blue eyes that are always smiling. This would be a good place to mention what color eyes our narrator has. Is she jealous of her mom's eyes?
“Why don’t you try it on?” I
“Wait.” She disappeared and
reappeared with the same blue shirt. “We should be matching! Here, try on yours, too.”
I groaned and took it. Ew. It was a
bright, floral blouse in that all-the-rage see-through style—chiffon they
called it. Totally not my thing. I preferred natural tones. But to make her
happy, I headed over to the fitting rooms.
I guess I forgot to do the whole
Peek-Under-For-Feet thing because I really just wanted to get trying the thing
on over with. At this point in time, I didn’t have a healthy relationship with
mirrors (still don’t now). My mom didn’t know that of course. Part of strength
is keeping certain issues to yourself. Else, this world would be a bit spew-pot
of everyone’s problems.
“Just in and out,” I muttered to
myself, stepping over piles of clothes on the ground. The first door I came to
pushed over easily. I started to go in.
Well, hello naked person.
Okay, admittedly I cut this off where I did to entice interest in tomorrow's post, but still, you do want to read on don't you? I know I do. First off I want to know who naked person is and what's going to happen. Second I'm curious about what our narrator looks like and maybe the mirror in the dressing room will show me. I know she has an eating disorder but does that mean she's overweight? Is shopping torture like it is for some overweight people? Is she underweight? Neither? And I want to know more about her relationship with mirrors. Does she avoid looking in them altogether? Even before she steps into the dressing room there's an opportunity to show how she feels about herself, what her body image is, and for women and girls, regardless of weight, this is an issue we can all relate to.
Now, what do you guys think of this next installment? Any suggestions? Comments? Do tell :)