When I was little, I thought the moon was a mirror of Earth, so the patches you could see were reflected continents. And if you looked closely enough you’d be able to see everyone walking around and see your own reflection looking back at you.
Tell me some more about when you saw light on my window.
Earlier on you were lost like a slave I can’t free.
I understand you.
Is it because I deceived you that you came to me?
My, my, my, Eliza!
Why, why, why, Eliza?
I can see you’re just a conditional tree
But you remind me we came here to talk about me.
I buy a bottle of raspberry juice. The till rings up RASBERRY £1.25. I say, “oh, it’s missing the letter P.”
The assistant says, “What?”
I say, “The till. It’s missing the letter P from ‘raspberry’.”
“Oh no, raspberry is spelt with a B.”
I hold up the bottle and point to where it says RASPBERRY.
“Oh! I never noticed that.”
I hand over a pound coin and a 50p piece, and wait.
“Sorry, did you want a glass?”
“No, I just wanted my change!”
“Didn’t you give me £1.25?”
“Maybe I shouldn’t have distracted you by talking about spelling.”
A conversation on Twitter between me and a man I don’t know in China.
He said, “Is it true that less than half of UK MPs voted for the resolution to recognise Palestine?”
I said, “Yes. But that’s irrelevant to the validity of the vote.”
He said, “Oh, I think it’s the most relevant thing in the world, sweetheart.”
I said, “I can only tell you what the standing orders of the House say. And I don’t appreciate being called ‘sweetheart’.”
He said, “sorry but when I hear a little dumb-dumb girl talking silly things I think of my 8 year old girls.”
I have been dealing with depression and anxiety since childhood, and my mental health is a precarious thing. In the last few years I’ve lost at least five jobs to mental health issues. One of them asked for an occupational health report, which said they had to make accommodations, so they fired me instead.
And you might not know it unless I’ve told you. You almost certainly have friends who are struggling and hiding it well. It’s not always easy to learn how to help them, but it’s important.
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