Sensitivity lost

4 Jun

I was determined to wear it, they told me we were going to a wedding and I thought what a brilliant opportunity to wear this gift given to me, this might be the only time that I will be able to wear it.

It was only with the benefit of hindsight that I realised how much they didn’t want me to, just how inappropriate it was given the context, the background, their situation (of which I had no real appreciation), the relations.

I put my agenda first, after several weeks of tiptoeing and making sure I was doing things ‘right’ (or at least my interpretation of right… I had nearly gone full circle in terms of cultural sensitivity and cautiousness and maybe because I was so close to heading home, there was a sense that it didn’t matter – but of course it did.

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