May 12, 2007
Kathy had to sell her tickets. She wanted to take time off from work but her bank account was overdrawn and her husband glowered whenever she talked of ballet. She loved ballet. Drilled on pointe and turn, she wanted her daughter to dance. But her daughter was chunky, even as a toddler. Kathy knew her daughter would be unhappy. Tights and mirrors only enhance the need to be thin. Time passed. Kathy kept scratching change into ballet tickets, kept petit, watched her daughter grow tall, thick, pregnant, divorced, arthritic, grey. Kathy grew sick, called her daughter, and apologized for assuming.