Wednesday, August 6, 2014
The only thing I focused on this morning when I undressed take off everything waist up, and prepared to have my annual mammogram, was the funny little sign in the dressing area and the sentence Thank you for your cooperation. The gratitude was directed toward those women like myself who, instead of tossing their used gowns in the bench in the dressing room (which was difficult to open, even when you realized that it could), dispose of their gowns in the obviously marked receptacles outside the dressing area. I immediately wondered what it would mean to be uncooperative in the general sense. Let's say I long to be uncooperative in the general sense. There are things unbloggable, and then there is lunch with Sophie, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a cup one-half juice and one-half water. There is my glass of water, filled to the top in a blue Moroccan glass, the last of its set to not be broken. There is a telephone call from a friend and there is a dog, Valentine, barking at the back door who needs to get out. I'll be right back, I said to Sophie and walked to the door to let the dog out. I heard the crash and the glass shattering and nearly simultaneously knew that Sophie had grabbed the glass, brought it to her mouth and then tossed it to her left, onto the floor. I ran back into the kitchen, cursing myself for leaving her for a moment, even to let the dog out, and carefully stepped over glass to unstrap her from her chair and pull her out. She was dripping wet but no blood. I picked her up and carried her out and put her down and walked with her to her bedroom, pulled off her clothes, struggled to pull them off because she wouldn't cooperate. She won't extend her arms when she's cold. I couldn't get her shirt off. She draws her knees up, tightly, to her chest. I couldn't get her pants off. Come on, Sophie, please, I said. Cooperate. I went back into the kitchen and began to sweep up the glass, heard the dog bark to come back in and -- where is this going?
Basically, I'm looking for opportunities where I don't have to cooperate. Do you know of any?
Thank you for your cooperation.