By Liz DeardenLiz Dearden’s life changed on May 15, 2007, when she found herself standing in the KinkOS print shop in a suburb of Atlanta.
The space was a tiny, bare-bones building on a cul-de-sac in a small, largely white neighborhood.
But there was something about it that made her feel like a celebrity.
The shop, a fixture in the city for more than two decades, was just the first of dozens of Kinko’s franchises that she had owned over the years.
She had come to work on the floor with a friend in a red sweatshirt and black jeans, the same outfit that her friends used to wear to parties and gatherings.
She’d been there since she was about 13 years old, and she knew that every customer was there because she was there.
She looked up at the floor and saw that a lot of people were in their early 20s and 30s.
There was a little girl there, and it made me feel good.
I started to cry.
I thought, Oh, my gosh, I’ve been here for two hours, and I’m so proud of them.
So I started looking around.
And I saw all the women, and the girls, and they looked at me and they said, Thank you, Liz.
They were like, Thank ya, Liz!
They loved it.
I felt like a star.
I had a huge, huge fan base, and people loved me for it.
And then I was like, I’m gonna move.
And so, the next day, I called my parents and told them that I was gonna be moving.
I mean, it was crazy, but I thought if I just move, I’d get my life back, right?
And I just couldn’t do that, because I had so much love and support from everyone.
I’ve had to move a lot.
I have a lot on my plate right now.
I’m on a lot more medication, and things are very stressful, and my family is constantly on edge, because of what’s going on in the world right now and all that.
My mom’s family is dealing with a lot right now because of the things that have happened.
So now, it’s really just me and my wife.
And my mom and my sister have been here since they were kids, and our daughter and her sister, who are 13, have been staying in our home.
But for me, I want to just move out of here.
My family wants me to come home.
I want my life to be over.
I just want to get back to my roots.
I don’t have the energy, I don, I mean I love to come to the Kinks and play.
But at the same time, I just feel like I don of the energy.
My energy is just not there.
I really need to get out of there.
Liza Biermann, an Atlanta-based journalist who is married to a Kinkoyo’s franchisee, told me she has been working at the shop for years.
We have this conversation every time we meet up, she says.
And the reason that I have been there for so long is because of Liz Deacon.
I met Liz Deardans mom, and we grew up together.
And she has this incredible passion for Kinkoos, and so many of her kids were into kink, and Liz wanted to share that passion with me.
She knew that I could use my knowledge of the shop, the knowledge that I had, to help her kids understand that it’s okay to love something that’s a part of you.
She also wanted me to know that if I wasn’t at the Kinky Store when my kids were growing up, they’d never know what it was like.
So we sat down and she taught me about kink and how to love kink.
She taught me how to be happy.
She’s a very strong woman, and when she talks to her kids, they are happy, too.
So for me to go from there to here, it really felt like an amazing opportunity to be able to see my kids grow up with love.
It feels like, Wow.
It’s so surreal to know I’m a part-time employee in the family, and now I can share that with them.
I can see them in the future, when they have kids, have their own lives and make their own decisions.
They know that I am a part owner.
And they are able to look forward to being around me in their own home and being able to be there and feel comfortable.
And it makes me feel like, My life is going to be the same as it was when I was a kid, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
And when I walk in, I know I’ll be treated the same, I’ll have the same privileges that I used to have. And that’s