Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday Odds & Ends

There is a fire that burns in my stomach this morning at a story I unwillingly read as it popped up on my Yahoo page first thing this morning.  It was a story about a Moroccan teen who committed suicide because she was forced to marry her rapist so her family would not be robbed of their honor by the loss of her virginity. I sat there for a few minutes then re-read the meat of the story to make sure I hadn’t missed something.  I hadn’t.  Now I don’t condone the taking of anyone’s life – just or unjust, but I don’t know that I would’ve been strong enough to make a different decision then this poor 16 year old girl.

Anyone who read this story should be outraged, but as a mother to two daughters I can’t imagine what that poor girl must have endured.  At 16 I was still dreaming of a big and glamorous life; of a life I had chosen on my own terms.  While I am not always satisfied with where life’s path has taken me, I will always take ownership of the path and concede it was always on my own terms.  Marrying my rapist would’ve never even crossed my mind…another reminder of how lucky I am - how lucky most of us are. 
I am relieved it is Friday and that there is enough rain to cancel our softball and baseball game obligations this weekend.  I’m even relieved to think my roller derby practice – which I love is cancelled due to the inclement weather and wet rink.  I need a few days of just silly rainy day movies and fun baking with my kids to release the pressures of everyday life.
It is only 9:30am and I’ve got one full cup of coffee down with a second brewing in the pot.  I can no longer see the top of my desk and it’s become a dumping ground of deadlines and post its.  I am looking forward to getting in my crappy little rental car (my normal car is in the shop) and listening to “The Help” all the way home.  The long commutes in and out of the city have been good solid listening time.  I hang on every word and every detail of the story.  I am ¾ of the way done and I’m on pins and needles to find out what happens to this bunch of ladies I’ve come to hold dear.  I cross my fingers the ending doesn’t ruin an otherwise amazing book…
Happy Friday everyone – hope you all enjoy your weekend as much as I hope to!

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