In the spring of my seventh grade school year, I wanted a yearbook so bad I could taste it, but my family lived on a necessity-only budget. Yearbooks fell under the category of luxury, so I didn’t even ask. But I still wanted one. We played cards and board games frequently, because that was free, so one night, I asked my dad to play poker with me, something we did for nickels and dimes. I played that night until I’d earned my yearbook money and then I quit, just like that. Dad was mystified by my sudden departure. Mom teased me for years that my father would have given me the money if I’d asked, but I had an independent streak. Somehow, asking seemed like a sign of weakness.
The independent streak that some might call stubborn was a character trait that started young, and continued through most of my life. It’s the reason I found a job working in a distant mountain town for two consecutive summers of high school. I lived and worked there, several hours from family. I wanted to do it on my own. It’s likely the same independent streak that had me joining the Air Force before I was wise enough to know better.
Like me, Sofia--the heroine in Untouchable--is one of those people who won’t ask for help, even when she needs it. Asking for help is a sign of weakness to Sofia, but it’s more than stubbornness. She wouldn’t know who to ask even if she tried. She’s caught between her mob boss ex-husband and the law which considers her a conduit into the family. When her son is kidnapped, she doesn’t look for help. She starts looking for answers.
Now it's your turn. How independent (aka stubborn) are you? Do you ask for help or do it yourself?
This is a repost from Untouchable release in 2015.
Funny story. During the Mercury Retrograde Incident in September 2016, Cindy's original blog disappeared. Five years, gone in a random act of chaos. Now she gets to repopulate her blog world one post at a time. Join her if you dare. :)
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