“I lost 120 pounds after someone took a picture of me and I didn’t like how I looked. I started losing the weight in 2016 and it is ongoing. I gained some back when I had my daughter. I feel healthier and have more energy. I can tell it is better on my bones. I work about 30 hours a week here. My mother drives me to work and watches my child. I put off driving for a long time, but I am going to learn soon.
The tattoo on my arm says, ‘Let them see my weakness and let them see me overcome it.’ This is about perseverance. I have my weak and down moments, but I am going to overcome them. I have struggled with depression and felt like I couldn’t keep going. With my daughter and knowing how much my mother loves both of us, I have to stay strong. My daughter is so beautiful and deserves the best from me.
Working the register is not as easy as it looks. It is also an emotional labor. Sometimes people treat me like their therapist and I like to listen. Some people can be mean and impatient and others can be cheerful and kind. I want every person who comes through my line to leave a little better.”
(This week is a series on Our Southern Souls about the people behind the name tags, counters, microphones, and visors. The ones who serve us, check us out and help meet our needs. Each has suffering and struggles, dreams and fears. Behind that person is history and mystery that you may never know, but each one is worth paying attention to and learning a little more.)