Some people are strong in their personal belief, they know others must have a screw loose not to recognise their talent. But I am not like that. I am the girl who was told in school that her voice was so awful she had to stand at the back of the choir and make no sound, simply mouthing the words when others sang. Things like that stick with you if you're not careful. They make you doubt yourself. They make you keep yourself quiet, small and invisible.
I know better now of course. I know not to hold on to such negative programming - I can rise above it.
When Thomas and I have been returned 25 times (or maybe a few more more) I will bow in defeat and take up collecting toenail clippings. Until then I will send him out again, and see what happens.