Shining Under

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic
On having to become someone you aren't...

Submitted: August 13, 2019

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Submitted: August 13, 2019



At days end, Bertie Bale sits in her favorite chair, the tattered fabric she reclines on, familiar and comforting. As she finds her usual and ordinary space rooted in memories and now, the quiet she meets there holds her like an embrace.

She finally understands that the future is noisy; it's an actual din she'd been a part of for a time, for her voice when raised was loud then, as she wove her way into the loom called life by many.

Her mother often spoke to her when Bertie was a child, one who was constantly residing in that shade of being called shy. Taking her daughters face into her hands, she'd look into her eyes saying, "don't hide your light under a bushel Bertie...speak up." 

When Bertie grew old enough not to listen to the resonating echo which constantly told of becoming who you weren't, she knew that the definition of bushel was simply an over turned basket, not able to hold or keep anything.

And she thought of loss and silence, coming to conclusion in her own way.

Now Bertie smiles in her aging wisdom, her spirit sheltered in a natural quietude at last. And she has moments of wondering why things are so often forced upon you, and many more of how some come shining under.

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