by Lisa Bankson-Hacker
I am an insomniac who often spends hours in the middle of the night worrying about things that will likely never happen.
I am a woman with chubby knees and shoulders best suited for a junior high quarterback.
I am a mom who notoriously forgets to mail a birthday card, despite spending the week before their birthday reminiscing on their importance in my life.
I am a driver who sometimes goes a little too fast, but always pulls over for funeral processions and says a little prayer.
I am a cook who rarely works from recipes, then wonders why the meatloaf tastes a little different than it did last time.
I am a dog lover who can’t resist the whining dachshund scratching at my bedroom door.
I am a wife who often feels invisible.
I am an instructor who gets to the end of each semester and commiserates over the lessons I never got around to.
I am a shopper who cannot walk away from a clearance rack.
I am a child of the 80s who greatly misses roller skating rinks, MTV, and Duran Duran.
I am the church member who sings loudly, yet imperfectly, at the top of my lungs during worship service.
I am the unsteady hand that has never been adept at using an eyebrow pencil.
I am the dreamer who really wants to go back to school for that PhD, but wonders if I’m too old.
I am the crafty one who loves to crochet scarves but has no one in Texas to give them to.
I am the couch potato who can spend hours watching CSI Miami and Dateline reruns.
I am the drinker who loves a good dry red.
I am the lover who loves to be loved.
I am the boss who always gives you the day off when you need it.
I am the tutor who sees good things in everything you write.
I am the friend who often disappears when the world gets a little too crowded.
I am the patient who questions why, and wonders when she will be well.
I am the writer who craves more time to write, then squanders it with daydreams and doodles.
I am a woman like you, my friend: different, but more alike than we know.
Lisa is a community college writing center supervisor, an adjunct writing instructor at a local university, and a freelance writer. She lives in Santa Fe, Texas, and enjoys traveling and crochet. She looks forward to the day when she can live in a little house in the woods, in the middle of nowhere. Her website is www.writingthequeensenglish.com.