Not Full of Self

By Peter Darcy | On Jan 26, 2016 | No Comments | In Good-Evil

Charlene Coleman, maternity-ward nurse on the night that I was born and still on the job at fifty-nine, has not entirely lost her Mississippi accent after all these years in Colorado. She’s as sweet-faced now as she was then, and certainly as black.

She has gained some weight, which she attributes to years of free pastries from my father. But as she says, if you want to get to Heaven, you’ve first got to get through life, and you need some padding for all the hard knocks along the way.

Few women have more presence than Charlene. She is awesomely competent without being smug. She is determined without being bossy, morally certain without being judgmental. She likes herself but is not full of herself.

[Dean Koontz, Life Expectancy (Bantam Books: New York, New York, 2012), p. 404.]

Written by Peter Darcy

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