Tuesday, July 7, 2009
The first time I read these two ads, they just about broke my heart. Then I got kind of annoyed with Walter. He's trying to be comforting, but really, telling someone who is being abused to just remember that the abuser is just insecure must be pretty cold comfort. Then he has the temerity to say that his future looks just as gloomy as someone who is suffering, I assume, severe physical or emotional abuse, and says they both must "strive for contentment." Is that so, Walter?
But when I went back and read them again the other day, they broke my heart all over again. You see, I've spent years researching personal ads. I often didn't read the personals when I first acquired them; if I saw there was a column, I'd copy it. Then I label them, file them away in the most amazing program ever, Yep (they're not paying me for this; I'm happy to give them free publicity anytime. Yep, you rule!), and move on. So what I didn't realize until I read these again recently is that they were published almost two years apart.
Ouch. Sure, there were probably many, many Walters out there, and these ads could have, I suppose, been written by two different men. But honestly, I doubt it. So when I think about the fact that these people were dealing with whatever this dreadful situation was for years, I forgive Walter his condescension and just have pity.
So there are just two more Sadda and Lalla Rang ads, including today's. Then hopefully we can solve the mystery! Until then: "A. - Sadda Rang and Lalla Rang continue to blossom at No. 750 Broadway. G.A.S. CO."
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