Introduction to the first story “Patience is a Curfew.”
Marlyn Carlsen was patient. She had studied, considered, and lived patience for so long and so often it had become her way of life.
When she was young, she patiently waited until High School was finished. Then, she realized she had to go to college. She worked hard, scored good grades, and patiently waited for her academic years to end. All the while, she was waiting for a perfect partner and she found him in her first job. David and Marlyn were married five years after they first met. By then, he was in the Navy. He was away most of the time. And, Marlyn Carlsen was patience personified.
She was a beautiful woman. She looked great at 45: slim, petite, with long brown hair she sometimes tied with a scrunchy. But, for all her beauty, she profoundly misunderstood something about herself. She thought she was lazy. She believed she lacked motivation. Sometimes, she thought people hinted at that, and she was pretty certain it was true. She and they could not have been more wrong.