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June 5, 2018
I present myself to you - a woman of many extremes, she said and bowed, her arm sweeping a deep arc including everyone in the room, even while she maintained eye contact with those looking down from the high table.
I am a woman who has a heightened self-regard, a rarity in any time and place; I carry age lightly, although the wraps and folds to compact its length occasionally hinder my movement. Light laughter, randomly dispersed, mingled with the quieting of shifting feet, chairs resettling, cutlery, as the crowd, anticipating an interlude to the formal evening, turned to watch.