The more comfortably I sit, the less clearly I am able to think. Only when I am held with my feet to the fire do I discover strength I never knew existed. Clarity of thought, focus, confidence.
In some ways, to win is to lose. The harder I work to stay out of trouble, the more my frustrations develop. I want someone to notice me. I want Natalie to notice, to praise, to reward.
It takes hundreds of good actions every hour to stay out of trouble, and it takes one second one time to ruin a perfect record.
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Below is a birthday postcard from the lovely Pao. Thank you, Pao! The text reads:
I used tinier candles so I could fit them on the cake without crowding them! Oreos, your “favourite”! Also, you’d definitely be able to blow all of them out with one puff. 🙂 I hope you have a blast with Natalie today. Sorry that the number of candles isn’t right. I didn’t have enough toes and fingers to count them. 🙂 Hugs, Pao.
Lighting the Way (Kat and Natalie, Volume Two)
College roommates, best friends, and family. Can Kat and Natalie find a way to stay together…without killing each other?
Kat Astra knows one thing: everything is her fault. A dead-end job. A fear of confrontation. An inability to speak up when necessary. Desertion of her best friend in her time of need.
Natalie Mestecom knows one thing too: everything Kat does is Natalie’s fault. The relationship rule is simple; Kat has problems, and Natalie fixes them. But what worked in adolescence becomes more complicated with adulthood, and new developments in their relationship challenge these roles. Kat is no longer sure whether she is willing to be disciplined according to Natalie’s rules, and Natalie is no longer sure whether she is worthy of Kat’s trust.
Can Natalie allow herself to be vulnerable? Can Kat believe in her own strength? Can Natalie believe in Kat’s strength? How will they, each in their own way, learn to move beyond guilt and blame in order to forge a new relationship together? In order to make peace with themselves and each other, Kat and Natalie reconnect with family, re-visit memories of their past, and make plans for taking steps forward in the future. To light their way home.
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UPDATE: Sorry, comments are appearing from last week. I am not sure why! 😦