“What will you do with your life?” I asked my sophomores. “You’re the hero of the story. You can be anyone. Do anything. Who will you be?”
K—‘s turn. “A trophy wife,” she said. Proudly. Defiantly.
I might have cried. I worried about K—.
I worried about what all those beauty pageants had done. I worried when I learned what he had done. I worried when they made her relive it all in the trial. I worried.
Years passed. I worried more. With each year, I found new students to worry about. I worried about so many girls growing up aspiring to be worthy little objects. I taught lessons. I graded essays. I worried more and more.
“What will the moral of your story be?” I asked my senior class last week. “What will future generations learn from the tale of you?”
K—‘s turn. Chin up. “Be your own trophy wife,” she said. Proudly. Defiantly.
I might have cried. I worried less.