I don’t know if I learned the Catholic values
thrust upon my childhood, but I learned strength.
With every step taken, I learned a new lesson:
perseverance, of never letting words command your
determination, of the will to never give up
I watched night shifts turn to day shifts, and eventually
turned to late afternoon shifts. M. A. D. shifts, they called
it, and mad it remained. I listened as the steel
toed boots stepping away from our
secluded wonderland of trees and starry nights.
I felt the kiss on my forehead as she
left each night. I knew from watching her
dominate every obstacle,
I could be anything.