Superbly written piece. Your metaphors were extremely well crafted, and they were doled out in the perfect amount. Your piece got me to chuckle, it got me to feel sad, but mostly it got me to empathize with the woman in the story … your story. As I finished, the memory of reading Tom Robbins’ “Another Roadside Attraction” came to mind. He too has your skill at turning a phrase into a vivid image. Anyway, thanks for sharing.