Thursday, March 19, 2009
Your good opinion not required.
Last night a guy came to our door collecting for Cancer research. He asked for a donation, I gave him the petty cash we had in our change bowl by the door. He looked at the money and he looked at me and said, "oh well, if that's all you think you can afford.." and his voiced trailed off into silence.
I remembered that in ancient Greek there is a single verb which means, "I have lost face in front of my community and now they think worse of me." It's amazing to think there is a language that can put that all into one word.
But I didn't lose face, because his opinion of me is unimportant to me. The single best thing about entering middle age is that although it's nice to have other people's good opinions, it's no longer required.
There's so much going on in my life at the moment that I have no energy to sew. Here are my trousers, mid seam. They have been sitting like that, in exactly that position, for the last couple of days.
I suspect they will sit like that for some time more.
Posted by Mary Nanna at 12:28 PM