The UC Magazine finally finished and printed their Automn issue with the exerpts form my memoirs under the heading: "Stones On The Path. My Family's search For Happiness." Despite my groaning that I didin't like the way that they edited it (I don't), I am very flattered! Any of you are a publisher? Want to have an unparalleled opportunity to be first to publish my writing in it's full form? My e-mail is email@example.com!
By the way, I welcome e-mails and comments from everybody!
Things are interesting in my part of the woods:
Sveta, my Russian friend, for whom Doris and I tried to arrange a Baby Shower, declined it politely. I forgot that in Russia there is a superstition that one shouldn't buy anything for a baby before it's born. It is, probably, the strongest reason why Sveta didn't want to do it. And she felt too shy to be fussed over by a bunch of 'hens'. We'll still try to do something to "torture" her, like descend on her house uninvited with a bucket of KFC, or something.
A couple of days ago I wrote a story about my matching. I had a question to Mr. P., whether he thought that surrendering one's opinion and decision for the sake of one's belief or to keep peace in the family was a sign of co-dependence. I don't believe that it is. I consider it to be the strength of character to be flexible and support the purpose of the whole, even if it means, sometimes, forgetting one's own ideas.
Mr. P. wrote to me that a mark of an adult was to make one's own decisions, and surrendering that right was a trait used in cults. In other words: B-A-A-A-D! As I tried to say that I made MY own decision to accept Rev. Moon's choice for a husband, Mr. P. answered that he "was not interested to argue with me", and repeated his opinion again.
See, to me it looks like he wants me to forget what I think and accept his opinion! Isn't it what he is cautioning me against? What do you thonk? I mean, think? I was open to be humble and flexible because of religious and civic beliefs. I am not ready to give in to an authoritative demand!