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She hurts inside, having to leave her children at home every night but has no other choice than to work. Her husband is an alcoholic, not in any shape of holding a steady job; this is all she has and all that she is able to do to earn the money that she needs to take care of her family.
Most days, no one would even know her story. Most days, she comes to work with a smile on her face and ready to please; not today. Today, she’s distracted. A familiar face entered the shop today and noticed what she was unable to hide. “What’s wrong, sweetie? What’s got you down today?”
She just tells them “nothing”; shakes it off and continues her duties. Being the last one at work, she shuts down and locks up for the night; returning home to find her husband passed out on the couch. The kids are wandering around, eating candy and drinking soda, watching TV. and it’s so late. She’s exhausted, unable to even care anymore.
What happened to her life? Who has she become? She was once the mother and wife that she wanted to be. Where did it all go wrong?
She flops on the couch and the kids jump on top of her. The littlest one smiling in her face, saying “welcome home, Mommy” and she puts on her face…again…the smile that is worn as a mask; the mask that hides her dreams and sets her up to perform. She thinks of how she should have become an actress, because she’s so good at it.
Somehow, she manages to get the little ones cleaned up and off to bed; returning to the living area to pick up, and do the dishes. He wakes up from the couch expecting another performance, the one that he expects every night but isn’t able to catch. She doesn’t even see the man that she once fell in love with. He has become a bottle in her eyes. She misses that man she once loved.
She manages to find the bed and in pure exhaustion, she collapses; only to awaken to another day waiting for her attention. The kids are up; bouncing on the bed and ready for breakfast and her husband is gone off to his few hours of work.
Later in the day, she finds herself back at work with the same smile on her face. She glances off for only a moment and catches a glimpse of her past and a fresh outlook for her future…and…she dreams.
~ Simply Heather
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