Several weeks after the blemish first appeared, a dark mark appeared on Calvina’s arm. But then another spot appeared. And another, and then another. The rash gradually spread until it covered her arms, hands, torso, and legs, all the way down to her feet.
Though Calvina also had some dark blemishes on the back of her head, her face was spared. But the rash on the rest of her body was so unsightly, she permanently covered up. Even in the hottest of summers she’d wear long sleeves and pants to hide her condition.
Calvina covered her body out of shame, embarrassed by the multitude of spots that dotted her skin. And she knew they were odd-looking. She knew because strangers would stare at her. They looked at her as though they might catch whatever affliction punctuated her flesh.