Dear Lizzie,

Good on you for accepting this challenge! I just discovered it — sorry I’m late to the party. I’m late for everything. I come to it honestly. My grandmother was late for her own funeral — her hearse was rear-ended on the way!

Being honest, being vulnerable, trust me, people will respect you & they will like you. Besides, only assholes will pick a fight with someone who bares their soul! Sure, there are always people worse off, but that doesn’t diminish your pain, you still have a right to it. It’s ok to hurt & it’s ok to show it, especially here. Here, none are perfect, we are all somehow broken. I’ve never trusted anyone who haven’t “eaten their share of shit” in life. I mean, how do you know your character, who you are, unless you’ve been through “the fire.” We are made in the forge of life, not in the calm.

Writer and storyteller, immigrant, wife, mom, knitter, collector of jokes, lover of cheap, sweet wine.