posted on Aug, 31 2004 @ 05:33 AM
It would be of no use to even ask. If you and her have known each other for any length of time, if she thought it was important she would have told
you by now. In western society we speak of our careers as often as we speak of our family (even to perfect strangers). If someone doesn't wish to
speak of their career, there's usually a pretty damned good reason behind it.
Prior to my father retiring from a three-letter agency, there were days when he'd come home from work pale, shaking, and silent. His classification
was so high that if he got hurt or needed a medication, he would be "re-assigned" for six months as a paper-pusher. He ate Tylenol like it was going
out of style, because that was all that he was allowed to take for minor afflictions he suffered but could not report.
Because of this, I knew better than to fill out a book regarding my life story, then sign my life away, and that is why I chose to work
I can not talk about what my job description was, but I can say that even if I'd had a few drinks at a social gathering, my lips were still sealed.
The repercussions of talking about my work were more grave than simply losing my status. I'm willing to bet that your friend is in the same position.
My career took me to many cities all over the U.S., but most of the time I remained in Northern Virginia near a training academy.
As I stated, the two topics mainly discussed between people in our culture are work and family. Because I could not discuss my work, I felt very,
very, ALONE. Perhaps your friend feels the same way, but in all actuality there is nothing she can do about it.
Just a word to the wise,
* * edited for early-morning grammatical errors * *
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