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Topic: Confident (07/05/07)
TITLE: Something like the wind
By Victoria Tkachuk
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The air hung with humidity, damp on her skin. Worms crawled across the sidewalk busily. Ants wrestled with crumbs of bread, heavy from moisture. Everybody on their way without hesitation, except her.
Drip. Oh, if it starts now, I wonít get very far, she thinks. She looks at the sky; still grey, still dark, wind swirling the clouds. Drop. She looks to her companion. Amazingly, sheís smiling.
ďItís all right,Ē the smiling woman says. ďIt wonít rain yet, I know it wonít. You just do what you need to do.Ē
What can I do? she thinks. A look down the long, wide sidewalk dwarfs her. She shivers from the cool, wet breeze. If I donít go now, I never will, she observes. A deep breath precedes a pause: What if I fall? What if she leaves me here? What if I canít do it on my own? She looks to the smiling woman once more. Is it really all right?
ďIíll be here to help you. Even if you get away from me, I can catch up. Even if I canít catch you, youíll be fine. Iím sure of it. Just go.Ē
Just then, something takes hold of her. Not the wind exactly, but something like it, wrapping its arms around her, then taking her hand away from Momís and leading her down the sidewalk.
This was my first time walking on my own with Him.
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