Monday, January 15, 2007

Blogs By Women In Their 40s - Part 1

They write about things men in expensive designer suit talking on the phone in a downtown office don't want to read. Things high profile politicians, full-time suckers and hangers-on don't want to think about. They write about domestic things, about their children and dishes they cook on Sunday. Recipes and cakes. About a washing machine that has broken down, or the new fridge just delivered by Courts Mammoth. They don't write about issues those clowns in the parliament in their ill-fitting suits shouting themselves hoarse in the throat debating about things they know next to nothing of. In fact they are not bothered by things like the price of crude oil. They don't write about big issues. They touch on issues men consider remeh temeh. Stuff that don't count as far as the world is concerned. Stuff they do, day in, day out. Year in, year out. You've gotta be half crazy to be able to do this all your life until you are worn out, used up, wrinkled down to the bones, becoming no longer desirable, and therefore as good a reason as it gets for a divorce. I've never been a woman in my entire life to know a thing or two about the kinda stuff women in their 40s write in their blogs. Reading their blogs, however, is like being invited into their house to see for myself what they do, and to delve into their thoughts to know any better about what they do on sunny days, what they like to do on rainy days, or cloudy days, bad hair days, or why they don't want to speak to anyone on days when they are not themselves.
She could be a professional with a degree in Nuclear Science, a Magna Cum Laude, a high ranking senior officer with hundreds of men under her command, running around at the drop of a hat, ready to fulfil her every wish to earn her favorable appraisal for a promotion at the end of the year. She is a powerful person in the office with a mighty fountain pen that can determine the future of a company. You may even see her picture on the cover of a business magazine, being interviewed for her insights into the inner mechanism of a revolutionary marketing concept that can change the way a product gets into the top shelf of a hypermarket.
Or she could be a middle-level management officer with enough power, making good money to afford a holiday abroad for the family, or a foreign-made Multi Purpose Vehicle to ferry the kids to school, tuition classes, Taekwondo, ballet, swimming, piano and Qur'an classes.
Or she could be a secretary taking orders from a fussy pot who calls himself boss. An event manager, a sales promoter. An account executive at an international advertising agency. A dentist. Or a clerk in a shipping office. An army officer, a police constable, or an architect, an engineer, a teacher, a lecturer in a community college, a doctor, or a full-time housewife who has been retrenched because the company she used to work for decided to re-locate to some place cheaper. I read them daily. Keeping track of the up-dates.
(To be continued...)
534 words.


Blogger tokasid said...

Sir, whoever and whatever their positions are, they will always be a mother.
And mothers always have a lot to say(and write and membebel...ooppsss jgn ada yg marah pulak).
And its always nice to read their blogs. Kak teh is one good example

6:11 PM  
Blogger Kak Teh said...

aaah, its bergen in his analytical mood again! Guilty as charged and am proud of it!
tokasid, thanks for the vote of confidence.

10:08 PM  
Blogger k.d said...

Banyak masa you ye Mr.Bergen nak baca all these blogs. And I'm sure they all appreciate that there's somebody who takes the time to read what they've taken time to write.

It's an outlet isn't it vent off steam..

Simpan-simpan lelama nanti meletup lak

10:34 PM  
Blogger abdullahjones said...

terima kasih bro.sebenarnya saya selalu ke mari, cuma jarang tinggal komen. maklumlah, malu.

2:21 AM  
Blogger AuntyN said...

Bergen, thanks for reading my bebelan (as tokasid put it hehehe).

A blog for me is just to let off steam, to have something to write about my family so that when I m no longer able to remember any of those things I did with my family or they are no longer around me, I could turn on the PC and read. I hope by then I would still have my eyesight and my memory to at least know how to turn on the PC and find my blog LOL.

Other than that I would be useless to write about the "big stuff/issues" :-)

11:22 AM  
Blogger Ibu said...

and i quote, "with a mighty fountain pen that can determine the future of a company". the hands that rock the cradle can also rule the world. except that they don't like to bloaaagggg about it.

p/s but i guess i my cerita ibu won't qualify for your frequent visits la huh? any chance of lowering the age limit to 35-40?

12:33 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Tokasid: They all have interesting things to say if you care to appreciate small things in life.

Kak Teh: You should be proud of it, ma'am.

K.D: I'm a full-time bloghopper, ma'am.

Abdullah Jones: No need to be shy, sir. Afterall, it's only blog.

AuntyN: You're welcome, ma'am.

Ibu: Okay, I've lowered it down to 30s so yours is on my hit list of blogs to visit daily.

To everyone who came in for a visit, thank you very much. You be sure to have a nice day now, y'hear?


4:07 PM  
Anonymous Ol Lady From the Green Mtn said...

True, true, true! I also say, thank goodness for self sufficient men -- for husbands who can fix their own breakfasts and pack a toddler's lunch; who can iron his own shirts and never fails to say "thank you" when you do it for him; who is the first to wake up when the baby cries and who will change a diaper without betting an eye; who is just as adept at patching scraped knees as he is at solving the problems of a corporation. For men with kind hearts and gentle hands who can nurture a young life and treasure a marriage ... thank you!

9:00 PM  

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