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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Rogue Life List: #23. Go 24 Hours without Speaking

I am still sick but I woke up this morning feeling a tiny bit better. Since Mr. Rogue has a huge deadline at work he hasn’t been able to take care of me. Usually I don’t mind being on my own, sure I would rather he be around more but I am independent and I am proud that I can do things myself, however it is times like this when I am horribly sick and I need things that I wished I had more help.

With no more Nyquil, an empty refrigerator and a business errand I had to run I had no choice but to go out. So I dragged myself out of bed and took myself out of the house. Since my throat hurt so much from coughing I decided to see if I could make it ALL DAY without saying one word. Sure I could have used one of the days I was on Nyquil and didn’t leave my bed but that wasn’t the point. I wanted to see what it would be like to be in someone else’s shoes for a day. My father is hard of hearing due to a birth defect. But what really got this item on my Rogue Life List is when I watched a short on Gwyneth Paltrow doing research for her role in the movie ‘Shallow Hal’.

"The first day I tried the fat suit on, I was in the Tribeca Grand [hotel in New York City] and I walked through the lobby. It was so sad; it was so disturbing. No one would make eye contact with me because I was obese. "I was wearing this black shirt with big snowmen on it. For some reason, the clothes they make for women that are overweight are horrible. I felt humiliated because people were really dismissive." – Gwyneth Paltrow

I have always been compassionate for people that were different or handicapped, I am a fighter for the underdog, and although not speaking for a day isn’t losing something for life it did make me think how hard life would be if my voice was gone permanently.

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I SO TOTALLY DIDN'T TAKE THIS PHOTO WHEN I WAS SICK... I WAITED UNTIL I WAS BETTER BEFORE I TOOK THE PICTURE... I SAVED YOU FROM SEEING ME WITH A RUDOLPH NOSE AND DRUG GLAZED EYES

So I took myself to run my errands that had to be run and I was going to try to do everything I needed to do without speaking. First I went to the post office and picked up my mail from my PO Box. I had to write down what I wanted for the attendant. I next went to the bank and again had to work with the teller and writing what I wanted done. Slow and a little annoying.

I was already exhausted but I had one more stop, the grocery store. I waited patiently for people to move out of the way instead of saying excuse me and I couldn’t find the peanuts… it was frustrating that I couldn’t ask, I would just need to do without. I also went to the deli and ordered turkey thinly sliced by pointing and pantomiming and then I went to the meat counter and ordered some salmon and some steak. I went through the checkout counter quickly and made it to the car without speaking OR passing out.

Everyone was SUPER nice, in fact overly nice, pityingly nice. A day of it just made me uncomfortable, a lifetime of it would be horrible. It took longer to get everything done I needed to. I probably shouldn’t have picked a day I was sick to attempt this item on my life list.

I made it home, I put away the groceries and then I collapsed into a pile of goo.

2 comments:

paul peggy zeus said...

I can totally relate! I used to get laryngitis often as a teenager, especially when I was a cheerleader, screaming our cheers and yelling outside during the football games. Anyway, our doctor said I shouldn't speak at all to let my larynx repair itself. I had to go through Jr Hight school not speaking at all for weeks, writing EVERYTHING down I wanted to say. It wasn't easy, especially when I really wasn't sick and there were TONS of kids around me.

Jennifer Arens said...

I couldn't NOT talk for 24 hours. I would have to commit myself to an asylum I feel. I feel you should invest in home delivery of groceries :)

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