Friday, September 29, 2006

Angry Arms

Crossed arms often signify anger.
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"It is wise to direct your anger towards problems - not people; to focus your energies on answers - not excuses."
~ William Arthur Ward
Crossed arms signal Nyssa's anger. Mine too. It's probably where she gets this habit. Her anger is usually accompanied by a scowl, tightly pursed lips, squinting eyes and, if any sound comes from the mouth it is an "Oh, Mom" or "I can't believe you..." or "Mother!" This condition can be an almost permanent state of affairs during that period of adolescence from say age 11 to 20, although I've heard it is starting earlier and earlier. These days, mine is in college and I think she's learning that the little things that make her angry are not important. She is learning to save her anger for the big things, for changing them rather than flailing wildly and ineffectually against them.

Submission for PhotoFriday topic "anger". (end of post)

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