Saturday 21 January 2017

Mary Kenny: we have much - they, so little

How my visit to a Syrian refugee camp put life in perspective

Published 27/12/2015 | 02:30

Mary Kenny
Mary Kenny

So much of everyday life is composed of petty chores and trivial frustrations. Get the car taxed. Pay the water bill. Don't forget the dry cleaners. Oh, no! The dishwasher is on the blink! Catastrophe!

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I watched a young woman recently on a train, attempting to charge up one of her gadgets. "Where do they PUT these sockets?" she cried. "It's a nightmare!"

I've heard "it's a nightmare!" when the traffic is somewhat congested; when there's difficulty reaching a utility company by telephone; when shopping becomes somewhat stressful; when a parked car attracts a penalty charge. I've often uttered the words myself, swearing over some temporary glitch or inconvenience.

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