The estate agent put up pictures of my apartment on her website.
The lighting was good. It certainly made the house look much more glam that it was.
She was good. I knew that she meant business.
On closer inspection, I noticed something else. In 3 of the 5 pictures she chose to use, there was a little curly haired girl in them. It was MY curly haired girl who had been crawling around on the floor on that day.
I was horrified.
I never post pictures of my kids on the net. I am sure to only share them in a closed Facebook group with my real-life friends in complete trust that they will respect my stance.
By the time I realised the agent’s “mistake”, the ad had already gone live. The pictures were out there.
I called the agent. She calmly (perhaps condescendingly) told me that she “didn’t even notice” and would fix it right away.
She was good. She knew that I meant business.
I took a deep breath and then sat down at my desk to research a new detox drink. I was delighted when the seller’s address said that she was right next door to my office. I walked over, shaking my head a little bit when I thought about the agent’s stuff up.
Miss Picture of Health & Vitality said, “How was YOUR day? I am sure it was much better than mine!”
It wasn’t really a question. Whether I replied or not did not matter. She shared her racist views with me anyway.
Now, before you think I am about to tell you how I took the moral high ground, flexed my buying power muscle and walked out, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.
I did what any fat person in my position would do.
I bought her shit and then walked back to my office with fantasies of my thin self in a bikini on a beach in Tahiti with a SOLD sign on my apartment.
Well, the detox drink didn’t do jack!
But, it wasn’t all bad.
I may still have been fat and bloated, but at least I wasn’t daft, sneaky or racist. AND, I had a For Sale sign in my hand which I proudly removed and used to make a litter box lining for the stray cats in my hood.
© A Heart Full of Stories, 2015
P.S. I have some great news to share with you. The universe is conspiring to make my dreams a reality. I shit you not! Remember I told you about the e-book that I was planning to publish this September? Well, you have to keep your undies on a while longer, I’m afraid because…wait for it….there will be a PRINT edition too. Yes! Actual books with MY words in them. My heart is overflowing with GRATITUDE.
The launch dates and plans will be announced real soon. Thank you for allowing your hearts to connect with mine. We’re in this together.