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Saturday, April 23, 2005 

Aren’t You Lucky…

Aren’t you lucky that you can buy any book you want?

Aren’t you lucky that you can read whatever book you want to?

Aren’t you lucky that book club can be SO VERY public?

Aren’t you lucky that you can love words? Any words, in any combination?

Aren’t you lucky that you can meet with friends, boyfriends and girlfriends, anytime/anywhere you want?

Aren’t you lucky that you can make a picket sign and go picket and protest just about anything you want?

Aren’t you lucky the MAC counter is not set up in the back alley and the wearing of such products isn’t punishable by beating?

Aren’t you lucky that you are free to express yourself in the clothing you wear or by the way you wear your hair?

Aren’t you lucky that you can attend or not attend any church you want?

Aren’t you lucky that you can’t be traded for 100 white camels?

Aren’t you lucky that you can walk down the street with your head held high?

Aren’t you lucky that you can choose whom you marry?

Aren’t you lucky that you can express your agency?

Aren’t you lucky that you can walk the streets without a male escort?

Aren’t you lucky that you have access to a fair education?

Aren’t you lucky that you can be you without fear?

Aren’t you lucky that walk on the beach naked?

Aren’t you lucky that you can go to the grocery store and buy your favorite foods?

Aren’t you lucky that you can find a piece of earth to in which to grow things, even if it’s in a pot?

Aren’t you lucky that if you believe you can be forgiven?

Aren’t you lucky that if you screw up, death isn’t the automatic punishment?

Aren’t you lucky that you have friends who adore you?

Aren’t you lucky to have a mother/father/sister/brother/friend you can call day or night?

While I admit I didn’t finish the book either, it reminded me of the feelings I had while reading (the dubious) “Not Without My Daughter” and (the intriguing) “Honeymoon in Purdah”. I felt lucky.

In context of this book, why do you feel lucky?

I feel lucky that I can teach my daughter to feel lucky about everything you've mentioned.

Can you imagine trying to explain to your little 6-year-old why she can't "just be herself"? ...and why she isn't allowed to do everything her brothers can?

Why do you call Not Without My Daughter "dubious"?

Funky Bill

"Not Without My Daughter", while fascinating and harrowing, is not, I believe, a representation of typical Muslim behavior. The account was meant, it seems to a lot of Muslim women, to vilify Muslim men and the relgion in general.

The story is compelling, but I'm not taking it as a factual representation of "how things are". It was interesting, though.

I feel lucky about all of those things. However, I don't know of any nude beaches in the US, although I am sure they exist... so I have yet to feel lucky about that one. ;)

It is amazing the freedoms that we take for granted though. Just being able to blog for example, and not being punished for our thoughts and feelings is a freedom that some people don't enjoy.

Aren't I lucky that Kacy introduced me to Carrie Anne!

I really liked this post. Thank you.

I don't know if my fellow beach-goers would consider themselves lucky that I can stroll down the beach naked. Well, maybe they are, since you didn't specify whether it's good luck or bad luck.

(Also (and alas), I can't recall being lucky enough to be on the beach at any point in time when any hot twentysomething women decided to exercise their own right to do so.)

And yes, I definitely feel lucky that I can walk the streets without a male escort. Heck, I don't even know any male escorts. And it would be awfully embarrassing if I had to take one with me all the time. Not to mention expensive.

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This Week's Topic:

  • The Sabbath Day

Various Authors

  • Monday:
    Kaycee opted out of Mormondom 4 years ago. She calls herself agnostic.
  • Tuesday:
    Sarah is not your average Gospel Doctrine Teacher.
  • Wednesday:
    Carrie Ann comes from pioneer stock, and lives in Provo, but is open minded and fair.
  • Thursday:
    Ned Flanders hasn't been to church in a while, but maintains an interest in all things Mormon.
  • Friday:
    John C. is an academic with a sense of humor and a testimony.
  • Saturday:
    JP's not going to church and feeling okay about it.

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