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Verbal remedies

June 3, 2013

Astrid writes to prove she exists.

I don’t question her sanity. She gets up at seven, does the school run, files meaningless paperwork until five. That’s the quotidian Astrid. She loves her children and worries about the mortgage, or about what to make for dinner. Of course she exists.

But is that all? There are thoughts that cannot be spoken aloud by a woman in a cheap grey suit who eats buttered toast for breakfast. There is another Astrid. The one who writes.

And if there is a sting in the tale, at least there is relief in the telling.


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