I want to make sure something I said in my last post was not misunderstood. When I say that I think it's important for women (and men incidentally) who have experienced sexual abuse to talk about it and not bear secrets, I fully understand that not every family dynamic supports this kind of disclosure. I am not necessarily advocating that you grab the microphone at your sister's wedding and say “Hey ya'll, let me tell you something you don't know about Uncle Larry!”
Whom to tell and when is a very personal decision and the last thing I want to do is heap more guilt and/or responsibility on someone who has gone through something like this by suggesting that in order to heal she needs to trumpet her secrets to the four winds. But I do think it's important to find someone, such as a therapist, to tell your story to.
Okay, done. Full stop. You may all exhale now.
Now, while all of this most serious and uncomfortable talk of inappropriate touch has been going on, something quite extraordinary has quietly taken place in the background of my blog. I'm thrilled to report that after six months of begging and bribery, some general cajoling, and eventual undignified prostration before Seroj, I have finally, finally gotten some Armenian flag. Yes, he of Armenian descent took off for two weeks to his homeland, perhaps to do something other than procure flag for me, I don't know. But he managed to find what may be the only internet connection in Armenia and log onto my blog and leave me some seriously sexy flag. All hail Seroj.
Who loves ya Seroj? Mwah!
And Armenia, kidding, I know you probably have at least 5 or 6 internet-ready computers.
Oh, and the next day? A certain well-heeled traveler in Beirut left me some smoking hot Lebanese flag.* I think somebody just about has the whole Middle-Eastern bloc now.
Who loves ya Badger? Mwah!
Finally, you may remember that the picture above is the before picture from my first post for Lucy's Fat to Fit Weight Loss Challenge. My goal was to lose 22 pounds. I've lost 5 so far. Woot woot me!
*Badger, if you're in a quandary as to what exotic locale to visit next, please see my sidebar for flags I'm still missing.