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Thursday, June 1, 2006

Peeves of the Day

I am in the worst mood. I am waiting for feedback about my novel — I have completed a first draft, whoop-de-doo — and I have NO ideas. I sent a great piece to the Washington Post for Father’s Day but I think that they have blocked my email address. [Not really.] So I am going to spew out a list of my “favorite” top pet peeves (“peeves” is an awful word, perfect for an awful, irritating, nudgeball thing).

1) Editors who don’t get back to me or who reject my stuff
2) Friends/relatives who think they are editors but don’t know sh**
3) Being taken for granted
4) Summer fruit because I can’t eat it on Atkins
5) Field trips I don’t go on and feel guilty about
6)Breakfast shares and evening concerts and parent-teacher conferences
7) Failing ozone layer
8) My parents going on fantastic vacations and never taking me
9) Men/boys who can’t communicate probably because they don’t even know what’s going on in their own heads/hearts
10) No one new to flirt with – wish I didn’t need that


Let me add this heartwrenching addition to #5 on your list:

Not going on a class field trips because the teachers says your child “DOES BETTER WITHOUT YOU”.


— added by Elaine on Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 2:11 pm

Agreed with that comment on knowing your child will do better w/o you at school, field trip, etc. Truth hurts, even when well-intentioned.

I’d also add off my list:
Condescending therapists who treat you, the parent, as if you are totally out of touch with the realities of your child’s disability and all that comes with it. I live it, breathe it, mourn it, celebrate it every day so don’t tell me that you know better than me…

— added by Sam's mom on Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 2:18 pm


-Secret Admirer

— added by Anonymous on Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 2:35 pm


As an aspiring novelist, I feel your pain! I did a piece on rejection on my writing blog today–maybe it will lift your spirits.

— added by LJCohen on Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 4:21 pm

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