She is the same old girl she used to be. Her smile, once a thin disguise for turmoil going on beneath the surface, no longer feels awkward from the inside out. She liberated herself from the private hell we all find ourselves when a fumbled attempt to put our best foot forward results in putting the other foot right in our mouth. An event usually intensified when alcohol is involved.

Business functions are not the place to get your drink on, but they almost always include adult beverages for those who choose to imbibe. Many’s the rubber chicken dinner she has endured with a glass, or three, of something from the bar. She dreads the social function season that begins with Labor Day and doesn’t let up until “Auld Lang Syne” becomes a chorus of “never again.” She is not alone.

Over the years she learned to not roll her eyes while pretentious small talk buzzed in her ears. She mastered the art of walking in her business appropriate footwear, lest she stumble and snag her hosiery. She now manages to hold back the avalanche of rebuttals to bloated bloviators’ sexist remarks because she knows that they are feeling the heat of their own personal hell. She is far, far from where she began with miles to go before she’s done. She won’t let anything or anyone stand in her way. 

Yes, she is the same old girl she used to be, only better.



16 thoughts on “Antipodes

  1. rgayer55 says:

    I like the style you used here. Sort of a 2nd person narrative I suppose. It seems she’s grown, matured, and gained much wisdom on her journey. The same girl, only better. I like that.

  2. Lil Fafa says:

    Change pronoun to HE and it works for ME

    PS always such a glamour shot without any effort

    1. HonieBriggs says:

      She/He- same same, but different.

      PS, Lil Fafa, you give the best compliments! XO

  3. Sandi says:

    Absolutely stupendous! How can I cast vote for five stars on this? (I saw the one vote for this, and I heartily second that!

    1. HonieBriggs says:

      Your comment is vote enough for me! Thank you for reading.

  4. Amy Reese says:

    Great, Honie. I love your profile pic, too. Beautiful!

    1. HonieBriggs says:

      Hi, Amy. Very nice of you to say. Thank you.

  5. Allan G. Smorra says:

    Nice thoughts and a snappy profile photo. You have fit a lot of life into just a few words. Have a safe Holiday.

    1. HonieBriggs says:

      Thanks, Allan, and you as well.

  6. only better.. indeed. Nice pic 🙂

    1. HonieBriggs says:

      Blogging for therapy works! Who knew? Thanks 🙂

  7. Carrie Rubin says:

    Loved this! And I love your profile pic in your sidebar. It’s gorgeous.

    1. HonieBriggs says:

      What a strong compliment! Thank you.

  8. Susan Newell Portman says:

    She has changed! She has begun to see the smart, capable woman who impresses the hell out of everyone but carries it off with hooded eyes, never letting on that she gets it. And I love the way she writes!

    1. HonieBriggs says:

      And don’t forget she has excellent taste in friends! Thanks, Susan, for everything.

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