If I am not,
may God put me there;
and if I am, may God so keep me.
Joan of Arc
|Always darkest before the dawn|
Preparing for battle with an
elementary school principal.
As an eighth grader,
I selected Joan as my
patron saint. Whenever I
require courage, I turn to
her. Just a girl, obedient to God,
with the courage
of men. It's all I need.
For many, I am invisible, a tiny
disabled teapot of a women.
Most strangers seem uncomfortable
with my appearance. Does it hurt?
Do you have back problems?
My my you walk fast with that cane.
Yeah, get out of my way.
I don't mind the comments.
They are strangers, after all.
White noise after all these years.
What I mind is being disregarded.
My brother, Joe, used to say that
I would go from zero to 60 in under a
second. I am slower to burn these days,
but if you bring me to anger, especially
if you mess with my children, WATCH