Hide and SeekJanuary 12, 2010
I play hide and seek with the woman in the mirror.
It is through the steam of the shower, when droplets have formed and run small rivers down my reflection, that I see her best. She peers back at me through a prism, sparkling and muddied, distorted like broken glass, and averts her eyes.
She is shy and insecure, a master of the game as she hides and I seek.
The woman in the mirror is an expert at finding hiding places. She can be found behind social norms and expectations, small town gossip and fear of rejection. She is a chameleon.
I am determined. I will find her. In my quietest voice, and with gentle hands, I will coax her from the dark and quiet.
She will find that I have finally given her a home base, a place where she can call out Olly Olly Oxen Free! It is here, now, in this place.
And, in time, I hope she will give up the game, for good. She is home.