My last post referenced the firing of my previous pharmacy manager. Since then, I’ve become acquainted with our new pharmacy manager and taken quite a shine to her foreign and novel ways. I often observe her with wonder and awe as she scurries around, working ardently on her days off, composing verbose emails at 3 am, and maintaining a social schedule better suited for a sorority in the US sunbelt. Given her seemingly unending level of energy, I’d assumed she was much younger than me. She strikes me as the type of person who responds immediately to both texts and emails, never putting off until tomorrow what is better done today. Meanwhile, I often add needy texters / emailers to my spam list, so an afternoon spent lost in a good novel or in a bubble bath is not interrupted with unnecessary notifications.
In my experience, life lessons can be learned in sundry of ways. Some, I’ve learned by watching and imitating those who’ve earned my admiration. While in some cases, I’ve been guided in my own life by bearing witness to someone else’s misfortune and attempting to take cautionary note.
Considering it’s 2016, I feel there are too many headlines wasted on abortion debates. Why legislators feel it is their obligation to dictate what women can and cannot do with their bodies, is completely beyond me. Much of this talk can be chalked up to campaign trail rhetoric in the US. Even more disturbing, women exposed to Zika virus are being denied the right to terminate their pregnancy, and now Poland may be facing an all out abortion ban. Given that men are typically mystified and dumbfounded when it comes to the female reproductive system, I wonder why so many display such avid interest on this one issue. Perhaps, the abortion issue is a harbinger of something deeper.
I am reminded of a quote from Sandra Cisneros’ “A House of My Own”:
Even as women have made great advances in all other avenues of life, our biology is the last chain that can be used to hold us back. A woman may be educated, have a career, a home, and her own money. But the powers that be still want to condemn us to be barefoot and pregnant at their will. What is the point in having an education, the right to vote or to own property if we are stripped of the fundamental right to control our own bodies?
Fortunately, I am confident that none of this will come to pass as the majority of the electorate is too smart to elect a misogynist in 2016. And hopefully, in 4 years time, society will have evolved enough such that this issue will no longer be worthy of debate. Here’s hoping…