Security Questions (True Vulnerability)

By | 15 February 2023

Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity.
It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity.

– Brené Brown

Is this the light refracting innocently through a droplet of rain I’m seeing
trapped in a spider’s tangled web on the patio of Alicante Avenue?
Where my mother (bless her) kept her maiden name because she’s proud of it
and deep down enjoys spelling it over the phone for people: V for Victory
N for Nelly, U.K.
See, she never liked us having pets, but when I was 8
a local pet store ran a colouring competition that promised a free goldfish
for every submission – I called mine Bob – and years later I still don’t have
a strong affinity with my first pet, or a hidden talent for art. The high school
I attended is also the name of a car, but not the first car I learned to drive in
which was a red Holden Nova (1989), Dad paying a mate cash to paint it white.
I’ve never done well with numbers, but I liked being 14 on the soccer team.
From calling it so often in high school I have retained 82785818, which was/is
the home phone of my friend Kieran. Lasagne is probably my favourite food
but I haven’t eaten meat since 2014. I learned Cancer was my star sign
standing in the line for a club (Dog & Duck) on the night of my 18th birthday.
Isn’t it strange that because I had my first job coaching cricket that summer
I had to set up a MyGov account with security questions just so I could pay tax
and all this before I had lost my virginity?

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