by Barrie Miller Kirby
When she got
home at the end of the day, after she stepped out of her car at the
front of her driveway to get mail from the box, she didn’t put back on
her seatbelt. She ate yogurt a day or even two past its expiration date.
When she washed her hair, she ignored the instructions on the shampoo
bottle to “repeat.” If she was particularly tired at night, she would go
to bed without flossing her teeth. Sometimes when she had sex, she used
only one form of birth control. She was not merely reckless; she was
Barrie Miller Kirby is a writer living in North Carolina.