On Walking Backwards
My mother forbad us to walk backwards. That is how the dead walk, she would say. Where did she get this idea? Perhaps from a bad translation. The dead, after all, do not walk backwards but they do walk behind us. They have no lungs and cannot call out but would love for us to turn around. They are victims of love, many of them.
–Anne Carson, Plainwater
Couples who walk around with their hands in each others’ back pockets proclaim a clear statement, I think. And that statement is, we don’t mind you watching us grab each others’ butts.
There are ghosts. And they haunt us. This can happen in nontraditional ways.
People work harder to make their lives easier.
At work we now have the same meeting every week, but every other week it is called something different. This, I believe, is some kind of trick.
I am waffling over something, and this makes me hungry for waffles.
Sometimes a piece of mail can frighten you. Imagine the worst, then wait awhile to open it. I don’t advise this.
Plans make me nervous. Once I’ve made a plan or been made aware of a plan that involves me, I often secretly wish for it to unravel. I’m not sure why.
Open statement to any UK policy-makers landing here as a result of a Google search:
Please don’t cull the badgers.