Friday, February 7, 2014

A LITTLE BULGARIAN KID AT A WAFFLE HOUSE IN RURAL GEORGIA


When my husband and I first moved to Memphis five years ago, we would always get introduced this way: Kyle is a professor at Rhodes College and his wife Petya here is from Bulgaria. Every. Single. Time. I did not like that. I remember thinking… oh, please, I am a strong, outspoken woman. I am educated, I have opinions, I have excellent taste. Surely, there is SOMETHING else you can say about me. But, no, Kyle works at Rhodes, Petya is from Bulgaria. Ugh. 
Over time, however, I have stopped being bothered. I still give my friends a hard time about it but I really don’t mind. Because, I realized, this introduction is not only helpful, it’s also necessary! 

I wrote the story and performed a shorter version of it at The Memphis Monologues, in support of Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region.

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