Nothing earth-shattering, but I'm hoping for some encouragement. I feel burdened with a zillion things going on right now -- so I'm overloaded and feeling a little needy.
Here we go... previously, I wrote that I'd hand delivered letters to 2 MP's on June 20th -- requesting to meet with them, re having Oct 15th declared as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day "Down Under" too. I'd spent all day (the day before): compiling facts and figures, and then putting my thoughts down on paper for them.
Then you'll recall I pleasantly approached them both on July 5th at a gathering. One mentioned that we "must get together about this". She asked if I got her email (which I hadn't). I politely invited them to enjoy the evening, and said I looked forward to hearing from them both.
But have I yet? No. I'm pissed! I mean, what does it take to have one of their staff phone or email me for an appointment? Not much.
By the way, these are two 'better than middle aged females' who are well liked and respected: for being on task, and getting things done. Grrr. Maybe I'm just too friggin polite; I don't know.
So I told DH about it this weekend. He listened (as always); he's a dear. He reminded me that politicians "are like that" and suggested I go down to their offices this week, and request an appointment.
DH is right, and I will. But geez, you know? I'm just pissed because I reckon they should be more responsible to their constituents. Being self employed, I'm very busy -- having taken all of June 19 to write them a letter took me away from my work and my clients. It was a sacrifice I chose to make, and was happy with because I would really like to see Oct 15th recognised here too. But now I find I'm a little resentful, because they haven't responded yet. And I'm annoyed that I have to 'make the first move' yet again -- cutting into my busy day again. I know I'm whining -- sorry, I'm just pissed.
But I'll be proactive and go to their offices. I'll have to insist on an appointment. That's what's also tough for me -- I like being easy-going -- it's not my nature to be forceful.
Thank you for being my sounding board. I feel better now that I've had a solid "grrrr" about it.
Any words of encouragement would be very much welcomed!
I agree with your sweet husband, politicians are like that, unfortunately. Even though it is not your character to be pushy, you may need to be for this. I think it is awesome that you have done as much to have this recognized.
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Sending some I am sorry that they are making this difficult for you.. Don't let anyone treat you like a *nobody* ... Get over there and get in their face! ... I know its not in your nature to do this...That said, you have done so much to get preg and infant loss day recognized over there..I know you will get it done!
I'd be pissed too. Like it isn't a hard enough topic to bring up and discuss as it is, eh. But, all good things take time and sacrifice. I agree that you will probably have to be a bit, umm, *****y, to get an appointment. But once your in thier face on thier time, maybe they will listen more. Thank you for all your hard work. I don't live anywhere near you, but I appriciate what you are doing and all the time and effort it takes.