Nighttime approached quickly quietly these days. She stood on the pavement near the traffic lights and waited patiently.
Someone may yet buy her handmade masks. The night was falling fast and she hadn’t sold enough to buy food for her family or to buy fabric to make more masks. An unexpected glitch in the traffic signal system brought traffic to halt for a longer time and it was lucky for her as the people waiting for the light to turn green bought all the masks.
She went home with enough money in her pocket. She hoped that this malfunction would happen tomorrow as well.
It’s okay, she said as she moved out of the stuffy room grabbing her books and the lamp standing in the corner. Outside she set up the lamp connecting it to an outlet in the porch.
“You don’tunderstand that l love books or that watching tv and movies don’tbring me the joy that reading does, so it’s the only way to make all of us happy“, she kept on talking under her breath as she went about establishing her reading corner.
Inside her siblings and mom didn’t even notice that she was sitting outside with her books.