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January 21, 2011

How (Not) to Handle the Worst

I’m sure you’ve heard about the woman who walked into a fountain at a mall, or have seen the video. She was so engrossed in texting that she didn’t notice the large fountain in front of her and fell right in.

Now, if this had happened to me… I would have realized that the video was grainy and that only someone who was actually there when it happened would have known it was me, and said nothing. I also would have been flattered that the video was title “Girl Falls into Fountain” (because the woman involved is 49). And I would have moved on with my life, and figured out some clever comeback if someone had heard it was me. “I admit it, I’m addicted to Angry Birds!”

Instead, she confessed that it was her on national news shows and is now threatening to sue the mall- because nobody came to her rescue. Because that’s the way to stop people from laughing, by making an even bigger deal of it. (Not only that, but as you can see in the video, she fell in then climbed out… and walked off. How would anyone have had the time to get there fast enough to help her?)

I know- she only went on the news because she hoped to make some money from her own stupidity and was laying the groundwork for a lawsuit. But honestly- why do these morning news shows actually give these people a platform? It’s one thing to comment on the story, it’s another entirely to fly her out to get her “side of the story” about falling in a fountain.

Of course, this has no link to my every day life. It’s been a rough week, for reasons I haven’t quite figured out. I know that part of it is that the Oldest Kidlet and I were sick last week (him) and over the weekend (me). Another thing adding to the stress is that the boys have started waking up earlier and earlier in the morning- 5:30 is the typical time now.

This might seem like enough to give me a short fuse, but there’s something else that’s adding to it. I’m just not sure what it is.

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