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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, Iâ€™d blow my top and discuss at the top of my lungs he would say, â€śI forgive you.â€ť Have you got any idea how infuriating it is for someone to forgive you when you arenâ€™t through being angry? It is hard to keep yelling at someone who has forgiven you no matter how angry you still are.
Iâ€™m getting better I havenâ€™t blown my top in over a year. Still itâ€™s not natural. Even the Lord said,
â€śBe angry and sin not.â€ť 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,â€ťIt was OK for you to be angry before we got married, because the traffic and the train covered it up.â€ť He was laughing the same as when he had said that I wouldnâ€™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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