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The Art of Holding Back — 73 Comments

  1. I love the way you write, Natalie. When I was walking dogs to help pay for law school, I very frequently had to refrain from saying things like, “Ha ha! I’m really in law school, I’m not just the help. Oops, hold please while I wrangle your dog’s feces.”
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  2. Wow, what a jerk! I’m glad you saved your words for here where we could appreciate them 🙂

    For some reason, this made me think of when I was searching for a job after I had a baby and the company I’d worked for had closed down. There was an admin assistant job posting where my dad worked (he’s an electrician.) He tried to nicely explain the kinds of pigs who worked there and how he wouldn’t be able to quietly listen to their comments. I decided not to apply for the job.
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  3. Ugh, I can just feel that burn right along with you. Back in collIeshe, I mastered the art of keeping those things that matter to me well hidden for fear of having them ridiculed. Of course now I put it out there on the internet where anyone can see but somehow that’s different. You know what I mean.
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  4. It’s funny how many “self-made men” have no self-awareness of their ego. I’ve dealt with this kind before, and when I was young or vulnerable, like you were in that situation, I bit my tongue as well.

    But I’m too quick witted and too sick of taking it to not react now. I don’t save my words for anyone. Which is why I probably get myself into trouble. But we can’t let assholes run this nation. We need dreamers and art majors, and writers and historians to document the human experience. Otherwise, the CEOs will write their own stories, and we know how full of holes their lives really are.
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  6. Beautifully written, Natalie. Congratulations on your win! I enjoyed the honesty and straightforwardness of this piece.

    Loved this line: “He danced upon the vague knifepoint of middle age, where arriving at a precise number becomes guesswork.”
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  7. Ugh. What a horrible, horrible person.

    I like how you added the details of your yogurt. It’s funny how, when involved in intense situations like that, those details stick out in our memory. I dunno. Maybe it’s because we’re trying to focus on something other than the disturbing reality going on around us?
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