Stream Of Consciousness
Posted by: anonymous
2017-11-13 12:54:28
ID: 51752
It still frustrates me to no end that my childhood could have been so much better if my mom had gotten treatment for get anxiety then instead of now. I wasn't allowed to go school, have friends, or read fictional literature unless it was a classic novel. As an adult, I've read Harry Potter at least 2 dozen times, but I could have enjoyed it more as a child. I have no friends and no idea how to make any, because I have nothing in common with people who went to a real school and grew up together. I still struggle with social interactions and am awkward and different. I am trying so hard to make sure my kids have the skills that i don't have.
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Posted by: anonymous
2017-11-13 12:49:55
ID: 51751
In response to a confession. I agree that everyone has a role in the military. But my DH did a half-ass job at best. Even now he talks about how every one else was below him. He was only a private because he was only enrolled for 2 years. He never made it further because, well, he did a half-ass job. He said everyone else were the people too stupid to get into college. He kept in contact with no one from the Army for this reason. For the record, DH is very smart (now has an advanced degree, thanks to the Army). He was just a slacker and screw-up in high school and when he was younger, partying and hanging out with his friends instead of actually doing school work. Scored crazy high on his SATs though. Even the Army "suggested" he just leave. That's why they asked him to leave the nat'l guard.
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Posted by: anonymous
2017-11-13 06:40:22
ID: 51747
Twice in HS I was sexually harassed, both times I was punished for reporting it. The 1st time, 2 guys were poking my boobs with rulers (I had/have big boobs but wore hoodies all the time to cover them) , I told them to stop, the next day they did it again. I told on them. Instead of them being moved to different seats, they got to keep sitting next to each other while I was moved to the front corner. The 2nd time, it was sexual and physical assault on the bus and in the halls, I told on him, they took him off my bus for 2wks, he got worse, I told again, he was able to sit where ever he wanted & I was assigned the front seat while no one else has assigned seats. He kept doing it, no one cared, so I dropped out. Most times, the victims are punished for saying something, this is why we don't. People usually come forward when others do, safety in numbers.
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Posted by: anonymous
2017-11-13 04:38:15
ID: 51746
I did some volunteering with a charity for the homeless as part of a college project, and needed to interview the director, who kept putting me off until the night before the project was due. He suggested we meet at a bar, and take separate cars, which made it seem above board. After a couple of drinks he made a pass at me, then said, "I can't believe I did this- I manipulated you into coming here, I fed you drinks..." "...and it's all on tape," I pointed out. The next day I made a report to the main office. A year later I found out I was not the only girl who had reported him, that he'd been ordered to go to sexual harassment training and therapy but hadn't gone. I even got a call from a lawyer. How many college girls did he do this to, and even worse, how many homeless women? I was 22, he was in his forties. Luckily it was only a volunteer job. I could walk away. Reporting it apparently made no difference.
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Posted by: anonymous
2017-11-13 04:35:49
ID: 51744
In response to a confession. I don't know of anywhere where children are Confirmed that young, and I've lived in a lot of states. Communion is normally in 2nd grade, and Confirmation in either 6th or 8th, depending on where you live (it was 8th grade where I grew up and 6th grade where I live now). It's never at the same time because there is a lot of preparation required for each Sacrament. I do think that being Confirmed at those ages is too young, though. Ds is 16 and hasn't been Confirmed, because I want HIM to be sure that this is the religion for him and not force it on him.
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Posted by: anonymous
2017-11-13 04:34:40
ID: 51743
In response to a confession. It's absolutely true that some people join the military for reasons other than wanting to serve their country - can't get into college, a bad home life, wanting to leave their podunk town, or a judge gives them a choice of military or jail. And yes, some people completely skate through by the skin of their teeth. But the fact is, every single person - no matter how menial their job - plays an integral part in what is the well-oiled machine we call the United States Armed Forces. DH and I had VERY important jobs in the Navy (Electronic Warfare & Intelligence, respectively), but on Veteran's Day we acknowledge and salute every person we served with - the storekeepers, parachute packers, filing clerks and even the ones who worked in the snack shop - because each one served a purpose and we couldn't have done anything without them.
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Posted by: anonymous
2017-11-13 04:21:19
ID: 51720
In response to a confession. When I was 23, my boss shoved me against a wall and put his hand up my shirt. He's one of the most popular doctors in my small town. I talked about it. Loudly. I was shunned by pretty much everyone in town and forced out of my job. I had to find work at a hospital 30 miles away. This is why people don't speak up. No one believes them and they risk ruining their lives and reputations, on top of dealing with the trauma that comes with being attacked. Have a little empathy before you go spewing garbage like that. You don't get a say in how victims react.
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Posted by: anonymous
2017-11-13 03:41:24
ID: 51734
I have a friend who went to Catholic school where beatings were regularly given by the nuns. Strange that a Christ-based religion would use violence to teach a lesson.
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Posted by: anonymous
2017-11-13 03:40:53
ID: 51732
In response to a confession. So tonight my alma mater won a football game, which I'm happy about, but the other team started off the day saying it was the Catholics versus the convicts. I appreciate trash talk as much as any football fan but wtf? These kids aren't convicts. They are college students. Such ugliness from adults who should know better.
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Posted by: anonymous
2017-11-13 01:52:22
ID: 51742
It seems like after six o' clock my little dog believes she can no longer jump up to the bed, and will whine until I pick her up. I've tried ignoring her. She's persistent. I just caved and bought doggie stairs. Fuzzy little jerk!
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