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Topic: Anger (01/24/05)
TITLE: This week’s topic is anger
By Annette Agnello
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''No-o-o, you wouldn't know anything about that would you?''
My husband knew that I knew plenty about anger. Before I married him I used to make excuses for my anger, ''I'm Irish, I come by it honestly,'' was my favorite excuse. It wasn't really true my ancestors were Irish but they left for America over 150 years before I was born. Still I had an Irish last name so like most Irish-Americans I was still Irish and the Irish are known for their tempers. They are also known for a fondness for whiskey, that never applied to me.
Actually, it was the way I was raised. My parents, especially my father yelled. Both of my parents would discuss things at the top of their voices. I was like them, and like my father I could forget what I had been angry about as soon as I finished yelling. It was blowing off steam, just a safety valve. When I was working most of the time I would hold my anger, but it was fairly well known I would get to a point and then I would blow it.
It made me so angry when I first got married, I’d blow my top and discuss at the top of my lungs he would say, “I forgive you.” Have you got any idea how infuriating it is for someone to forgive you when you aren’t through being angry? It is hard to keep yelling at someone who has forgiven you no matter how angry you still are.
I’m getting better I haven’t blown my top in over a year. Still it’s not natural. Even the Lord said,
“Be angry and sin not.” Someday I will be able to manage that, I hope.
I told my husband I had finished the article, and he had been an illustration.
He said,”It was OK for you to be angry before we got married, because the traffic and the train covered it up.” He was laughing the same as when he had said that I wouldn’t know anything about anger. I guess all the laughter is what has helped me get a hold of my temper.
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