This week requires making a list of what we’ve survived and to write about one of them. I couldn’t really get beyond what I’ve survived. My list ranges from the physical–scarlet fever, bacterial meningitis, cancer, and badly-behaving parathyroid glands and gall bladder–to bad bosses and teachers, classmate and colleague criticisms–too young, too old, too tall, too fat, too Jewish, too smart, too stupid. I also included the deaths of my parents, poor choice of a spouse and overall poor decisions. I survived my own naivete and ignorance. The inability of people or their lack of interest to tell the difference between me and my twin sister.
I don’t know that I would actually want to write about any one of these, except perhaps junior high gym class when the gym teacher would look away when it was my turn at the gymnastic equipment. I could manage the balance beam just fine, but the horse was a whole other matter. Maybe when the semester ends I’ll write about this, because I can still visualize the Lincoln School gym and the teacher, her hair tied back in a pony tail, rolling her eyes.
What have you survived?