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Topic: Write in the HUMOR genre (04/12/07)
TITLE: Funny Ha Ha
By Margaret Watson
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This weeks topic is humour, but today of all days I donít find life very funny. Not funny at all in fact. Usually I am known for my sense of humour and have a job to suppress it at times. Today isnít one of those times. Two days ago my husband announced what weíd been expecting for some time. His work hadnít got a certain contract and so there were going to be big redundancies.
I was just beginning to get to terms with that when along came yesterdays post. I suffer from post viral syndrome following an extreme reaction to a vaccination some years ago. I can do most ordinary things for an hour or so and then have to stop because I get so exhausted. So I work as a writer for about fifteen hours a week which is all I can manage. It only uses brain power and my fingers.Two hours in the morning and sometimes another later. This means that I still have enough energy left to do ordinary things such as cook a meal or have a bath. Occasionally we even go out for a couple of hours. I had an agreement with the social services that I could work this number of hours and still claim minimal benefits. Yesterday that changed. I was offered a number of options, each of which would make my standard of life worse than it is now and deprive me of the small amount of independence that I do have. It took nine years to get to the stage where I could begin any work at all. At first I had to be fed and washed and all the other things that are undignified even when done by someone who cares very much. It was six months before I could get myself a drink. Now I can do most of the cooking, some of the cleaning, and, on a good day, get to the shops or the library, but I need the small amount I receive from the government in order to manage.
The ironic thing is I was working for them when I was told that I had to have the vaccination. There was no compensation because who was to blame? Hundreds of others had had the same vaccination with no ill effects.
Right now I am scared and angry so Iím sorry , but Humour is absent today and I donít know when it is coming back.
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