WEDNESDAY, 3/14/13, Issue 75
I’m shocked! shocked! Was it Ram Das? Kübler-Ross? David Carradine? One of them identified the five stages of grief. Today I’ve been through all five: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. Five stages in a single day. It wore me out. But I’m such a fan, I wanted to send Jennifer Carroll the exactly right words, the perfect advice. But, as I mulled the matter over in my mind, the content of my advice kept changing, depending the the stage I was in.
Why does she need our support? Handpicked by Governor Goldfinger, she’s soon to be handcuffed. So she needs our backing. And the right words of encouragement: http://jacksonville.com/news/2013-03-13/story/lt-gov-jennifer-carroll-resigns-after-being-questioned-about-allied-veterans
I wrote to you once before about her, way back when. Do you remember this Golden Oldie? :https://blogiverstravels.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/dolls-who-look-like-me/
So, when I heard there was trouble, but before she resigned, there was depression. This was the first stage, and I’d intended to send Carroll an apt maxim:
“It hurts too much to laugh, but I’m too old to cry.”.
But then came anger, anger that people would level unfounded and nasty accusations at her,so I changed my plans. Words encouraging defiance seemed the thing:
“I’m not a crook!”
However, almost immediately a wave of acceptanceswept over me, so I switched gears completely. I found an appropriate phrase:.
Next thing, I heard that she quit. Wow! I was devastated! How could this be! “Say it ain’t so, Jennifer! Say it ain’t so!” And then came bargaining. Bargaining always entails concession, andthis apt phrase popped into my head:.
“Mistakes were made.”
Finally, I reached the last stage of grief, and most important stage of all—denial. And that’s when these words came to mind. These are the ones I wound up sending, because they’ll be the most useful to her in the days to come:
(Alternative link): <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjbPi00k_ME>
“I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!”.
So, Mr. Editor, the next time you see Jennifer and Governor Goldfinger, please tell them I’m still behind them. Please tell them I’m behind them 1000% percent..
“I’m behind him 1,000 percent.”
And if you do see them, you can also give them some further advice, namely, it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. That someday they’ll understand that...
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