Margaret the Ordinary Part Two

The fictional story of an ordinary woman

Denise Thong


Source: Jenny Hill,

Margaret’s Father

Margaret’s father, Simeon, is a retiree. He retired not from an illustrious career but from one that was barely breathing. No, it was not the lack of talent or conscientiousness that ailed him but rather the lack of social skills.

He seemed to have the gift of stepping on the toes of ‘people with power’; Many a time he was thrown into ‘cold storage’ and left there till the forces of neglect pushed him to resign.

Margaret wonders, “Is my father autistic, narcissistic or a combination of both?”

She does not like this line of thinking as it ventured into a realm of pride and presumption, something that her religion forbids.

She is worried that she would inadvertently judge the poor man with inaccurate information and become one of those bloody hands who spilled the blood of martyrs.

Nonetheless, I believe that she was digging on some good ground. If she had dug further, she would have struck gold.

But then again, it is a scary thing to strike gold. One never knows if one is truly strong enough to bear the weight of all that honesty.

As I was saying, Simeon is a retiree. It should be noted that Simeon is very appearance conscious and has a strict exercise regiment of which he is immensely proud of. He is addicted to exercise and enjoys it tremendously.

Not only for the endorphins but also for the promise of looking attractive. Many time he thought, “I am the most attractive 65 year old in this world. I even have 6 packs. Beat that.”

But it is not enough to simply enjoy exercising. It is also important for Simeon to flaunt his exercise as a virtue, to meet his ego and power needs.

Hence, he religiously records himself exercising (strenuously, with the look of immense suffering) and posts these short clips on social media coupled with emotional music in the background for theatrical effect.

The captions were always, “It is tough but I will continue. I will stay fit so that I won’t be a burden to my family or society.” In that, he got his imaginary narcissistic supply for the day.



Denise Thong

Counsellor, Writer (Christianity, Children’s short stories)