Friday, October 23, 2015

Where do you hide?

Where do you hide pain? In Pages in the Wind, the heroine begins at an early age to hide her pain. This is seen in the early pages as Emily hides the pain of a hurtful encounter with her father:

My head ached. I didn't want to think about it, so I found a ray of sunlight streaming through the stained-glass windows. I hid the pain inside spheres of color reflecting on the walls. God's light show danced on the ceiling, forming beautiful rainbows. As the colors collided, my anxiety faded into a confluence of reds, blues, and yellows.

Emily is a child without a lot of places to hide. Of course, the innocence of this method to ease anxiety will wither in the face of age and continued trauma. Where will it go? Have you thought about this in your own life?