I have an interview today with the local paper. I’ve done that before. No biggie. But, this time, it is with someone who usually interviews people later in their life who have made some lasting impact on the community or State. She wants to interview me (her youngest, I think she said) to tell my story of escaping fundamentalism.
Which means I have to now spend a few hours talking about this portion of my life, doing my best to walk the tightrope between emotion and narrative, knowing that many of my former friends and “church family” will get to read about themselves in an unflattering light - not to mention my current church family reading about me and some very intimate, dark, moments.
At least I have a long drive after this to detox. Right now, tho, my insides feel like that bear.