Posted by: Kate | June 26, 2009

Friday Quote

We are brought up in the ethic that others, any others, all others, are by definition more interesting than ourselves; taught to be diffident, just this side of self-effacing. … Only the very young and the very old may recount their dreams at breakfast, dwell upon self, interrupt with memories of beach picnics and favourite Liberty lawn dresses and the rainbow trout in a creek near Colorado Springs. The rest of us are expected, rightly, to affect absorption in other people’s favourite dresses, other people’s trout.

-Joan Didion “Slouching Toward Bethlehem”

This was without a doubt how I was raised, and still how members of my family feel. I see it now that my son is getting older, the same shush and sideways glances shot his way when he talks too much about himself, his life, his funny moments. Those sideways glances use to drive me to distraction when they were directed my way, and I deliberately ignored them. Oh I was a rebellious, opinionated child …. and thankfully I’m raising another one! Not to say you shouldn’t be interested in other people or listen to other people; just that you don’t have to play the wallflower, and if you do have something interesting to share you should share it.


  1. Wow. I can’t imagine being raised in that type of environment. It made me feel constricted or something simply reading that quote. I agree…rebellious and opinionated is the way to go!

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