Self-worth overcomes intimidation

STANDING BEFORE THE MIRROR, I burst into tears. Anxiety welled up as I put on the last touches of lipstick and blush. I was panicking. How would I ever get through the evening ahead?

My husband came into the bathroom and put his arms around me. "You'll do fine," he assured me. "They're going to love you. . . ."

You probably think I was getting ready to deliver a speech at some national convention, or maybe preparing to announce my candidacy for the Senate. You know where I was going? To a Marie Callendar's restaurant for drinks and dessert with three moms I'd met on the playground.

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Self-image in the mud
February 18, 2002

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