This is embarrassing to admit, but I write about it in the hopes that it will help someone. Here’s the thing. I’m a man, but I’ve been plagued by a stalker for years.

I have lived in many places: Oxford, KS, Independence, KS, Caney, KS, Philadelphia, PA, Fort Scott, KS, Gainesville, FL, Pleasanton, CA, Gaithersburg, MD, Jefferson, MD, Matthews, NC. I’ve visited many more: France, The Netherlands, Australia, China, South Korea, Canada, Nicaragua, Mexico, all over the US.

However, this stalker has an uncanny ability to show up where I expect him least. Yes, it is a guy. I’ve considered contacting the police, but what could they really do? I’ve told my wife. She knows him. He’s accosted her, too.

He always forces me to move. He meddles until I have to leave. I sometimes have a reprieve when I relocate. Months, maybe a year or two. I convince myself that he’s finally gone, given up, moved on. But then he’ll be there, just the same as ever. He’s maddeningly consistent.

I caught a glimpse of him this morning. Just out of the corner of my eye. A flash of the man that I can’t escape, the one in the mirror.

Romans 7: 15-20




About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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