”I lost a lot of weight and none of my pants fit me,” she told me. ”How much weight did you lose?” ”Ten pounds.”
She returned her jeans to the store, telling the shop owner that the weight loss was due to a glandular disease. ”Why did you lie?” ”I just wanted the attention,” she told me.
Christina had recently moved from Miami. ”It’s hard being here,” she confessed to me as the other girls left the room to allow us to conduct our interview in private. Christina had been married young and divorced shortly afterwards; she moved to Northern California from Miami; she had left her husband and later hooked up with one of their close friends. We talked about love, loss, and renewal, and I took her photo beside the iguana.