Here's to baby steps:
Alison came over tonight with a tiny victory. "Laura, you'd have been so proud of me today. I went into Ardoyne, sat down at the Toasted Soda and ate my lunch. The whole time I was looking around thinking, NO ONE here can tell I'm a Protestant! And I'm ok! I thought, if Laura can come into this neighborhood and buy a newspaper, I can too. I couldn't wait to tell you!"
All this, from a 27 year old street-wise social worker educated all over the UK. I could have cried, but I settled for just hugging her.