When all the tasks of the day have been done, she allows herself to indulge in a game of solitaire on the computer. One game, and another one, and one more. The aim is to beat herself. To play ever better.
When she does, it is the biggest achievement of the day. Better than the windows that have been washed, or the closet that has been cleared out.
When she doesn’t she knows that she needs to play longer, to practise more in order to make it happen. When she doesn’t, she forgets to cook dinner, she stays up long into the night.
Until she is too tired to play. Until she realizes that tomorrow is always another day. That she can start afresh, that all is not lost.
Because she knows that tomorrow will offer new chances of winning.