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taking up space

I've been doing writing sessions with adult learners in Holyoke. Last week's theme was "stories they tell," about stories told in your family. The group had great stories to share. There's a website, and gradually, as people give permission, some of their writing will go up there. I was reassuring them that nothing would go up without their permission, and one woman said, "It's okay; I like taking up space in people's mind."

It was such a startling, brilliant remark. I asked her if she'd write it down, and she did, and it's now one of the first things up on the website.

Taking up space

In life, some people get encouraged to take up space, and other people get told to keep out of the way, to make themselves small. I was really glad this woman had decided to assert her right to occupy people's thoughts and attention.

This entry was originally posted at https://asakiyume.dreamwidth.org/865608.html. Comments are welcome at either location.

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sartorias
Oct. 11th, 2017 03:04 am (UTC)
Oh, that is quite nifty.
asakiyume
Oct. 11th, 2017 02:30 pm (UTC)
yeah, really wonderful :-)
heliopausa
Oct. 12th, 2017 05:56 am (UTC)
Yes, indeed, about asserting her right to be thought about, noticed, considered - that's something to think over.
asakiyume
Oct. 12th, 2017 04:44 pm (UTC)
Your comment made her day, and the whole class was enthusiastic. She's posted a reply to you!
heliopausa
Oct. 13th, 2017 01:44 am (UTC)
I'm glad! I meant what I said about her words being food for thought - and of course I rushed off to read her reply! :) Can you let me know when there's another post?

asakiyume
Oct. 13th, 2017 03:41 am (UTC)
You bet; I'm working on getting their today's work up--when it's all up, I will tell you.
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asakiyume
Oct. 12th, 2017 04:44 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad! She really expressed it well.
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