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Taking a break from motherhood to read letters

Sheila Dadvar
October 5, 2004

It's almost one in the morning but I don't feel tired, even though I got only 18 or maybe 20 hours of sleep this whole week. I usually can't go to bed till 4 or 5 and if do, I toss and turn so many times that sometimes Afshin get out of bed and goes downstairs to watch ESPN.

Then Hasan wakes us up 6 or 7 in the morning by coming to our room (he calls it OUR room too, by the way) and whispers: "Are you still asleep, Sheila?" I let out a groan hoping that it doesn't sound like "yeah" so he would leave me alone. Yeah, right. As if I have not lived with this 5-year-old creature to know how persistent the little bugger can be.

You see, little Mr Smartass has to be entertained. Must be entertained. No freakin doubt about it. So forget about deep sweet sleep... the sun's up and god forbid if you miss it. Then you're going to hear it from the love of your life, the apple of your eyes till 8:30-9 at night -- non stop. This machine has no buttons, no remote control to turn it down or at least to put on mute.

Tonight Hasan is asleep and Afshin is not home. I can't go to bed, not even to lie down. Not being exhausted is a big deal to me, Sheila Khaabaaloo. So here I am, back in what I call the big pool, that is's letters section. I've always loved the letters section. I guess it's based on this theory of mine that if someone has something intelligent to say, it would sound more powerful in a few words as opposed to an essay.

Plus, to be honest, I'm a bit on the nosy side, craving to know what people had to say about this article or that art essay and then I would KNOW them better, since most of the letters are written by frequent visitors of this magazine.

Still, I can't figure them out. One can find contradiction in all the letters and the way the persons behind them claim they see the world.

It's sort of impossible to avoid letters dictating what should or should not be published, or telling writers of such and such article how they should think and what kind of ideology they should have. And of course there are letters declaring shame on those who see the world differently. Meanwhile it's hard not to remember that they themselves always condemn Iran's current regime for not letting people think for themselves and punish those who have a different belief.

It's now 2:30 in the morning, thanks to the stupid computer. It crashes on me every freakin 10 minutes and makes me rewrite my mail that was not saved yet!

I'm still going through the letters... Shirin Ebadi is being bashed by some readers, praised by others. Maybe it's time for her opponents to get up and do something. You all sound like strong-willed intellectuals and I bet you could have an idea or two that could be useful for the future of Iran, which we all say we care for. Leave Ebadi alone. Supporters and foes, let her be. She is not wonder woman. We don't live in comic strip books. Snap out of the fantasy.

One reader objected to two articles, "Dar onfovaan-e Javani" and "Dokhtari beh naam-e Gohar". They might not be the best in iran's litreture, in fact one can find so many flaws in it (the most obvious one: it's rather very rare for women to have their period while pregnant).

Anyone is entitled to criticize it, but I think we should know the motto of this website by now. and looks like we all accept it, that's why we keep coming back here, to get more. The site has enough variety to satisfy all the readers tastes. If you just skip articles by Alborz, you might not need the restroom.

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