You enter a Safeway. Five minutes later, you exit the Safeway. The Safeway’s location has moved to the other side of the city. You check your watch. Three hours have passed.
A chinook rolls in. As much as you would like to enjoy the weather, you can’t help feeling an overwhelming sense of dread.
Every year, for ten days in the summer, society collapses. Nobody seems to notice. Everyone dons a wide-brimmed hat, eats pancakes, and screams war cries.
Once society rebuilds itself, no one mentions the event. The only news coverage is regarding dead horses.
You drive by a school building. One floor, white plaster with brown brick accents. You drive further. You drive by another school building, perfectly identical to the last one.
You get onto Crowchild trail. Traffic is backed up. You realize all the vehicles are parked. There are people in the passenger seats. There is no one in the driver seats.
You get onto Crowchild trail again the next day. All the vehicles are gone. Your vehicle is gone. The road is gone. You get off of Crowchild trail.
You spend a day at Heritage Park. When you leave, you can’t remember how to use your phone.
You enter a suburban community. All the houses are completely different yet exactly the same. All the roads have the same name. You can’t find your destination. You can’t remember what your destination was.
You get onto Macleod trail. You are always getting onto Macleod trail. You exit Macleod trail. You find yourself back on Macleod trail.
“We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you would threaten the man. Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same? We raise girls to see each other as competitors not for jobs or accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are.” - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists (X)