The Elephant in the Room

Beth Burnett hosted my guest post about living in an obese body in October. I’d like to share it with my readers here today.

Beth Burnett

The Elephant in the Room

By Sonya Schryer Norris

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I’m big.

Real big.

Real, real big.

And recently I had a revelation about what my fat body is capable of. I have a belief born of hard experience that if I do so much as basic housework my back will go out and I’ll be in agony. I’ve had back pain since a childhood playground injury, but it is exacerbated by poor conditioning and obesity. It’s not polite to talk about fat, even when you’re talking about yourself.


This summer, on a five day prescription for Prednisone due to a nasty case of bronchitis, I cleaned out closets, rooms, corners, bookshelves, and drawers. I moved stack after stack of books, and bags and boxes of clothes. I sorted “stuff” and carted my own piles to recycling or trash or the car to take…

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Scout update: “Them kittens big cats now”

Scout, the kitten we got last summer, is almost a grown cat now. He's a good size for a nine month old - sturdy. Actually? He's getting a bit porky. He reminds me of an endearing line from James Herriott's All Things Bright and Beautiful about a litter of kittens who almost didn't make it: … Continue reading Scout update: “Them kittens big cats now”

Ostentatiously batsh*t crazy buttercream flowers

Betsie took over my last job in the Braille and Talking Book Library. It included coordinating the volunteer narration program and over the course of her first years, we became good friends. I still volunteer for her. In January, she moved into a new house. I'm no good at painting, plumbing and wiring are a … Continue reading Ostentatiously batsh*t crazy buttercream flowers