The Blue Woman
She born in 1977 in rural west Texas. When she was born her lips were blue and her father exclaimed, “Well, HELLO Blue!” and the nickname stuck. Her real name was Trinity Amelia Forsyth. No one ever called her Trinity except for the youth pastor at her church growing up, and he was creepy and did bad things so she didn’t like it.
When Blue was 35 years old she became depressed. She wanted children but her husband’s sperm count was so low (as was his libido) that after 10 years of marriage she was still without children. Her husband didn’t believe in women working outside the home, because that would mean they would likely have a man in authority over her, and the bible said only the husband should be over the wife. She sold makeup and hair products out of her house and made enough money to afford cable TV.
She had a ladies bible study she went to every Wednesday at 10am. They were reading through the entire old testament, focusing on the characteristics of an obedient woman. It had grown from just 5 ladies to now over 20. She had hoped after the last year’s curriculum of studying the heroic men of the scripture, they would do something more contemporary, maybe a study of how to deal with the stresses of modern life as a Christian. She was more depressed by this not happening than she at first realized.
One day in the summer of 2013 Blue asked the bible study leader if they could talk after the study was over. She smiled at her and said of course. The leader was the Pastor’s wife. Her name was Millicent but everyone called her Milly. She had perfect skin and always smelled wonderful. Blue had known her for 10 years but had never had any deep conversations with her. She hadn’t had deep conversations with many people because it was very seldom her husband allowed her to be alone with others. It wasn’t that he didn’t trust her he said, but that he didn’t trust others. He wanted to make sure no alien or strange ideas were given to her. She once had to go get her tires rotated and had a conversation with a man in the waiting room. She told her husband about the conversation and he got very angry at her, slapping her and telling her how dangerous that was. She was slapped and hit for many reasons over the years.
While she waited to have the conversation, Milly escorted the rest of the ladies to the front door and said her goodbyes. They all looked at Blue as they went out with an expression of pity that was very familiar to her. She had seen it often over the past 10 years. Mostly at church, but also at the dollar store where she did a lot of her shopping and the hair salon.
Milly came back in the room and sat down in the straight back chair next to Blue. Milly had great posture, always sitting up straight and keeping her chest up. Blue once thought it was her way of showing off her figure without having to show any flesh but then she felt bad thinking Milly would be so shallow and vain like her and decided she was just trained right as a child.
Blue asked Milly if she had ever been depressed. Milly looked at her through her colored contacts and said, “Yes Blue, I have been depressed. It was when I was 21 and I didn’t have a boyfriend since junior year in high school. I remember being so sad. But my daddy told me to pray for a husband even harder and it would happen. Sure enough it did and once Billy found me and took me as his bride I haven’t been depressed ever since. Of course, having 5 kids and leading all you ladies doesn’t give me any time to be depressed even if I wanted to be! Why do you ask Blue?”
Blue explained to her that she was afraid she would never have children. Milly responded confidently, “You will have children Blue. I just know it. First thing we need to do is pray for that, right now.” Milly led a very fast and adamant prayer pleading with God to give Blue a baby. She even asked that it happen that very night. She then said, “Blue, you need to go home and get your self ready so when your husband comes home he won’t be able to resist you. I bet you anything if you can do that, tonight you are going to make a baby!”
In the strangest of ways that conversation was the turning point in Blue’s life. While Milly expected Blue to heed her bible study leader’s helpful guidance and go home to get the house clean, get herself showered and pretty for her husband, that is not what happened. What really happened was Blue found herself unexpectedly laughing inside at the absurdity of the whole idea. She knew her husband would never have sex with her, no matter what she did. She knew he hadn’t been able to get or sustain an erection for over 2 years, probably due to his excessive drinking and weight gain. He got much more excited about yelling at her and hitting her than he ever did having sex with her.
Instead of going straight home Blue did the one thing she had always been afraid to do growing up in west Texas. She was teased and laughed at for not learning how to do it. After the bible study she drove to the All-Texas Gun Range in the neighboring town and signed up for lessons.
She didn’t tell her husband, and she made sure to always to have all the clothes she wore to the gun range off and in the wash before he came home, just in case there was a gun powder smell on them. She also made sure to shower. She made sure to always go to the Piggly Wiggly supermarket and get some groceries when she went so he wouldn’t question her mileage on her car, which he always checked.
Six months later her husband died in hunting accident when he was accidentally shot by a hunter. The hunter and his friends swore they never saw him and couldn’t imagine how they hit him. But it was found out he did not have his orange vest on for some reason and with his camo outfit on could barely be seen. The hunter was exonerated of any wrong doing but insisted to anyone who would listen that he did not shoot him.
After his death, Blue moved to Louisiana to live and help with an elderly aunt. She started using her given name, Trinity, and got a job at a makeup counter in a department store. She was the number one saleswoman 3 years running. She adopted twins, a boy and a girl, and never got married again.
Drawing and story by Marty Coleman