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My Trip to Peru…

It’s just a few minutes after six o’clock in the morning.

I was about to go back to bed just now. In fact, I had already climbed into bed when my soul nudged my brain, and pushed me back out of bed to write about this.

Last night I had one of my squiglets of a dream. I had gone to Peru, or some South American place, and was sitting in a doctor’s office, or at least in a desk behind where a doctor was seated at her desk… while she was talking to someone else.

I knew that by my just sitting there, that sooner or later she would be bound to turn to her left… and see me sitting behind her… quietly.

Finally she turned, saw me, and… seeing the acne damage and scarring on my face… gently reached out her hand to my face, and said… more in her gestures than her voice… “here, my dear… let me take a look at you.”

Her gentle hands reached my face… touched it, and as her fingers brushed oh so caringly across my cheeks… she said… “oh, my child… .”

It turns out she was a dermatologist… and somehow I found my way… going several thousand miles to her office in Peru.

Her kindness was obvious. But then came what I dreaded. “Honey, I think it’s best to just leave you as you are.”

Her eyes were so full of regret. So full of sorrow.

I could say that my heart sank. But it didn’t. It was more a feeling of “chagrin.” Of resignation. I was me. I was as I had become. I was as I always would be.

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So, as I was lying in bed just now… so tired and wanting to go back to sleep… my body fought, or perhaps tussled with my psyche, my soul and my brain… to go back to sleep… but I could not. So I got back up and wrote.

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Is this the trauma that has driven, or shackled my life ? Is this what tried to shape my life, and what I have been trying to somehow either overcome, or at least learn to live with… until that peaceful day came when the hurt was no more ?

I don’t know. Or perhaps I just think I don’t know. Or do I ?

Is my terror… my personal distaste or total turn-off… what has brought me here ? In many ways it appears to be so.

Perhaps I have just now thought of, and added, a fourth “defining moment” to the first three… of the little girl screaming at me at fifteen, of my running out of Bills after trying on a raincoat and seeing myself in the mirror, and then listening to the phone-tapped conversations between Jackie and that bastard ?

The day in the hospital after my acne surgery. My facial sanding. The day after the sanding-disk removed the top two layers of my facial skin. I remember when I told Jackie and fuck-face that I really didn’t feel any pain, and then somehow slowly and hesitatingly got up from my hospital bed to take a look at my totally gauze-wrapped face in the mirror… and seeing the bandages thoroughly soaked in blood staring back at me from inside the mirror.

I fainted. I went down to the floor. I didn’t totally lose consciousness… and somehow got back into bed. Maybe with help from some of the nurses, I don’t remember.

All of this came back to me… or came to me just now as a coalesced thought… perhaps as another piece of the Post Traumatic Stress that has been a partner to me for perhaps the last fifty-three years. Perhaps…

My Defining Moments in Comic Sans MS using “large” and “medium” font and HTML

Thinking back… I can remember three “defining moments.” I guess I should be calling them three “defining quilting squares.”

They happened. Long time ago. The grocery check-out line, the trip to Bills at Great Lakes Mall, and the phone-tapping. That pretty much did it.

There I was. In the check-out line at the Pick’n’Pay grocery store with my mother. I was fifteen at the time. I had a pretty bad case of cystic acne… and it was really in a heavily broken-out stage.

I was in front of the grocery cart, unloading the groceries. There was a little girl about three years old in the child-seat in the cart in front of me. As I was unloading my groceries, she looked up at me, and pointed straight at my face… and started screaming. Crying her eyes out, and about as frightened as a little girl could be.

Looking at my cystic-acne face… scared the “livin’ daylights” outta her.

I was crushed. I just wanted to die. Here I was… already hurting with my acne. And here was a perfect example of the “me” I would carry with me for the rest of my life: a grotesque monster who scares little girls, and makes them cry.

I have never recovered.

Trying Comic Sans MS again… X-Large, Large and Medium HTML

For some strange reason, I cannot seem to be able to copy and paste anything written in Comic Sans MS… and put it into one of my WordPress blog posts. Let me try this.

For some strange reason, I cannot seem to be able to copy and paste anything written in Comic Sans MS… and put it into one of my WordPress blog posts. Let me try this.

For some strange reason, I cannot seem to be able to copy and paste anything written in Comic Sans MS… and put it into one
of my WordPress blog posts. Let me try this.

For some strange reason, I cannot seem to be able to copy and paste anything written in Comic Sans MS… and put it into one of my WordPress blog posts. Let me try this.

My Next Post Starts Out With Comic Sans… Just re-write it… this is Comic Sans – medium

For some strange reason, I cannot seem to be able to copy and paste anything written in Comic Sans MS… and put it into one of my WordPress blog posts.  Let me try this.

For some strange reason, I cannot seem to be able to copy and paste anything written in Comic Sans MS… and put it into one of my WordPress blog posts.  Let me try this.

For some strange reason, I cannot seem to be able to copy and paste anything written in Comic Sans MS… and put it into one of my WordPress blog posts. Let me try this.

How Do I Get This To Be In Comic Sans ?

For some strange reason, I cannot seem to be able to copy and paste anything written in Comic Sans MS… and put it into one of my WordPress blog posts.  Let me try this.

For some strange reason, I cannot seem to be able to copy and paste anything written in Comic Sans MS… and put it into one of my WordPress blog posts.  Let me try this.

For some strange reason, I cannot seem to be able to copy and paste anything written in Comic Sans MS… and put it into one of my WordPress blog posts.  Let me try this.

Defining Moments… The First of Three…

Thinking back… I can remember three “defining moments.”  I guess I should be calling them three “defining quilting squares.”

They happened.  Long time ago.  The grocery check-out line, the trip to Bills at Great Lakes Mall, and the phone-tapping.  That pretty much did it.

There I was.  In the check-out line at the Pick’n’Pay grocery store with my mother.  I was fifteen at the time.  I had a pretty bad case of cystic acne… and it was really in a heavily broken-out stage.

I was in front of the grocery cart, unloading the groceries.  There was a little girl about three years old in the child-seat in the cart in front of me.  As I was unloading my groceries, she looked up at me, and pointed straight at my face… and started screaming.  Crying her eyes out, and about as frightened as a little girl could be.

Looking at my cystic-acne face… scared the “livin’ daylights” outta her.

I was crushed.  I just wanted to die.  Here I was… already hurting with my acne.  And here was a perfect example of the “me” I would carry with me for the rest of my life:  a grotesque monster who scares little girls, and makes them cry.

I have never recovered.

How Do I Make New Quilting Squares ?

There just has to be a way for me to start making new quilting squares.  The old ones seem to just wear on me.  Actually… they’re wearing me down.

What’s the secret ?  Will Stephanie help me find the secret ?  My Secret ?

I have these damn “defining moments” that seem to “root” me.  And, being so rooted… the way I have “grown”… if I can use such a term… seems “set.”

Many things I have read seem to tell me that this “set” can be “re-set.”  Does my memory stretch back far enough that I think it was called “Cognitive Therapy ?”

I’m not sure.  I’ll have to Google it… and see.

There just has to be a way for me to start making new quilting squares.  The old ones seem to just wear on me.  Actually… they’re wearing me down.

What’s the secret ?  Will Stephanie help me find the secret ?  My Secret ?

I have these damn “defining moments” that seem to “root” me.  And, being so rooted… the way I have “grown”… if I can use such a term… seems “set.”

Many things I have read seem to tell me that this “set” can be “re-set.”  Does my memory stretch back far enough that I think it was called “Cognitive Therapy ?”

I’m not sure.  I’ll have to Google it… and see.