Definition of Recidivism-a tendency to relapse into a previous condition or mode of behavior; especially relapse into criminal behavior. Is there a fine line between addiction and recidivism? Let’s consider how popular prison romances are and seem in no danger of dying out. One theory is that prisoners create a literal wall against emotional closeness. Conjugal visits preclude hanging out Sunday morning with Russ and Daughters and The New York Times. They certainly eliminate variegated activities i.e. strolling through The Whitney and eating french toast at Bubby’s in TriBeCa. Delving into a veritable pantheon of theories that depict the profile of personalities enraptured by the incarcerated is a thesis unto itself. Antithetical to the cover for every pot concept.
We recently viewed Jacob Ephron’s documentary on his mom Nora Ephron. We watched it for the second time. Oh, Nora you hated your neck, but we loved you. We so related when Harry met Sally and they were Sleepless in Seattle. We followed as Julie and Julia Got Mail and found a new fix for “Heartburn.” Your self-deprecatory humor was relatable and so comforting. And I quote “when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” Amen! The converse rings ever so true. When you understand that burnt pot roast doesn’t necessarily taste good clean up your social life, play Wordle, and find a new recipe for not just another chicken cutlet dinner. Sensibility does not kick in by chance. Seizing opportunities and disregarding discouragements is certainly better than bemoaning a fate not loaned to you.“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim. It will be a little messy, but embrace the mess.” Brava Nora Ephron. Make it a great Saturday- You Got Mail!
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We all hope that when push comes to shove we will take the brave, courageous route…We will all plod ahead, shedding what doesnt work, and heading toward the adventure of the unknown, regardless of cost and comfort…Sadly almost none of us mere humans truly move on… ever. M ________________________________