It is hard for anybody to bring up my past when I don’t stand still long enough for them to know me.
I can be whoever I want to be for a period of time, and that is who they know.
The last town I lived in; I was a bitch. Calculating, notoriously stingy, backstabbing, totally about me.
I arrived there on a stinking hot summer day and I was cranky.
The first unfortunate I had to deal with was a hotel clerk, who got a mouthful. She took too long, the cost was too high, the room was crap. It went on and on, and for the week that I stayed, that poor gal must have trembled in her sneakers to see me coming.
The cleaners felt it. I’d leave snarky notes.
The realtors bore witness to my nastiness as I wore them down with demands.
The car hire service, phew they’d had enough. They practised good customer service all through my tirades about the fuel economy, the too strong air freshener, the recalcitrant GPS device, in an effort to reduce the end fee.
And so, as the first people I met thought this was me, word got out and I began to live it. Why not? Who cared? Nobody knew the real me, and it was an experience.
People in this town have seen the better, trustworthy person that I am.
I look back on the past couple of years and can’t believe that I let that person be on a whim.
It could be exhilarating. It was exhausting. It was downright unkind.
And now there’s a generation of people who will say, “Remember that BIATCH?”
They think they’re talking about me, but they are not. (6 minutes, 288 words)
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