by P.T. Dilloway
Copyright 2012 P.T. Dilloway
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Floyd Jensen never looked in a mirror. When Floyd staggered into the bathroom to relieve his bladder every morning, he always took care to avoid seeing his reflection in the big mirror the apartment’s last occupant had installed over the sink. While brushing his small teeth or shaving the peach-fuzz that dotted his face with the electric razor his mother had optimistically bought him for his sixteenth birthday, Floyd kept his head turned away from the mirror. If he happened to catch a glimpse of himself, he hurried away before the image could transmit to his conscious mind.
His discomfort in seeing himself extended to photographs as well. As he reached into his dresser drawers, where he had arranged rows of single-colored polo shirts and slacks by the day they would be worn, he averted his gaze from the family portrait on top of the dresser. On those rare occasions when a pang of homesickness or nostalgia prompted him to right the photograph taken a decade earlier—before he became repulsed at the sight of himself—he blotted out his smiling visage with his thumb.