[lit-ideas] Re: Sharing: No Right To Feel

  • From: Judy Evans <judithevans001@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2005 18:14:31 +0100

Ah.  Another one.  It's very hot and very humid here and my drains
have *gone*.  The people who thought they could fix it couldn't, and
misinformed me about what needed to be done next and what they were
doing next (leaving me to cope for 3 days).  The insurers will reimburse
me for the emergency patchup but the real repair may mean the street will
have to be closed and it isn't clear who pays for all of that. (If I
have to, I can't... )

But yes, I'm not trapped in New Orleans (or laid waste in Biloxi); I
can get out of the house (!) into safe streets; the library and
community centre are nearby.

Friday, September 2, 2005, 5:11:29 PM, Walter Okshevsky wrote:

WO> This morning I became quite agitated over how the workers doing major
WO> renovations on our house were working simultaneously on 4 rooms. The house
WO> is a disaster area. On top of that, I was flustered by the fact that our
WO> daughter still hasn't given us her student number and PIN so that we could
WO> pay her tuition online before the deadline date and late payment fees.
WO> Then our lights went out due to an area-wide power blackout. The
WO> frustration caused by this alignment of events was getting to me. Humidity
WO> levels are also high today. As I sat at the dining room table, feeling
WO> what I was feeling, I noticed a picture of a survivor in New Orleans
WO> looking up at me through the sawdust, bits of cracked wood and broken
WO> plaster that were hiding much of the front page of the Globe and Mail. I
WO> didn't feel very good about myself just then. I realized I didn't have a
WO> right to feel those things. And yet we often say that feelings aren't the
WO> sort of thing one has a right to or not. I believe that's false.
WO> My problems were really minor annoyances. His problem, and the
WO> problem his family faces, is hell itself.
WO> I very much hope that George W has a plan ... a rational plan
WO> that is. Good of him to come back from the ranch.



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