Day 835: Am I in Trouble?

I don’t know about you, but I tend to think that I’m in trouble, even when I’m not.

For example, am I in trouble for including this picture of my son Aaron?

When I saw Aaron put that “Day of Silence #SpeakWithSilence” sticker on his forehead before he left for school yesterday, I asked if I could take his photo, and he agreed. However,  I did NOT ask Aaron if I could put the photo in my blog. So, am I in trouble?

Also, am I in trouble or am I troubled that Aaron is leaving home  for 10 days in Italy, starting today?

Was I in trouble yesterday morning, because of lots of unexpected traffic on my way into work?


Whenever there’s traffic, I can easily think I’m in trouble. Also, I am troubled by troubling “shoulds”  like

I should have know better and left home earlier.

Am I in trouble for thinking those thoughts or for taking those photos?

Whenever I write one of these daily posts, there’s a point (like now) where I ask myself

Am I in trouble?

… regarding making this a good enough post, for myself and my readers. Then, I let go of troubling thoughts about my blogging capabilities, as I practice letting go of judgmental and other unhelpful thoughts, everywhere .

Am I in trouble because, after several years of using the iPhone, I’m still not used to the touchscreen  keyboard and I still make a troubling amount of mistakes when writing these posts?

Sometimes, I am troubled just by the possibility of a mistake, even though I tend to catch most of them.

Am I In trouble because I took these pictures on my way to work yesterday?

Does my co-worker Jan look like she’s in trouble, as she’s telling me about some trouble she’s having trying to ship presents for a surprise party in Mexico?

Am I in trouble for taking that photo of Jan or for taking this one of her, later?

I told Jan that photo reminded me of most of the photos I take of my boyfriend Michael.

Am I in trouble for saying that? I think not, since Michael rarely reads this blog.

Am I in trouble for including these other photos I took yesterday, at the hospital where I work?

Am I in trouble for sharing those last two photos of Laura — a very talented therapist I supervise? I know I’m not, because Laura knew I was taking them for this blog. Laura is such a nice, non-troubling person that she told me that I would not be in any trouble with her, no matter what I did with those photos.

Am I in trouble because I took these photos before the baseball game at Fenway Park  yesterday, and I didn’t get permission from anybody in them?



Were any of those people in trouble, because they were so friggin’ close to the shuttle bus I was in?

Am I in trouble because I’m getting a St. Jude Medical CRT ICD device implanted in less than three weeks, especially since the web page calls it a “Heart Failure ICD”?

Actually, I think there’s a chance that device might get me out of trouble.

Am I in trouble with you, for creating such a long post?

I might be in trouble if I don’t include some music. Here’s a song that helped inspire this post, with the line “I know I’m in trouble again”:

I hope Joni Mitchell isn’t in too much trouble, right now.

What do you think of all the trouble in this post?

You might be in trouble if you don’t leave behind a comment, but I doubt it.

One final question: Am I in trouble because it’s tax day in the USA?

Answer: I’ll live.

Non-troubled and (I hope) untroubling thanks to Aaron, Jan, Michael, Laura, Joni, St. Jude, people who work and play in the Fenway Park area of Boston, all those who stand up bravely for important issues no matter how much trouble that means, and to you — of course! — for taking the trouble to visit here today.

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27 thoughts on “Day 835: Am I in Trouble?

  1. From the look on the construction worker drinking coffee you might be in trouble with him, but I don’t think you’re in trouble with anyone else. Tell Jan I love her nail polish color,just as long as by doing so it doesn’t get you in trouble with her for posting her picture on your blog, which she will now know you did. Right now I am in trouble for not getting to the gym but instead sitting reading blog posts for the last hour. But I was never one who minded getting in trouble anyway. 🙂

  2. (Smiling) Nope – You’re not in any trouble with me this morning Ann.
    When I read to title I thought Oh oh! – Has she been naughty?
    Funny how we get triggered with words like this.

  3. I’m sure you are not in trouble. sadly, I really am in trouble at the moment. I made a misjudgement and riled someone who it is much better not to mess with (and my husband warned me). Now we under a cloud… but as you say, we will live.

  4. yeoldefoole

    I hope I’m not in trouble for being so far behind catching up on my favorite blogs!

  5. No trouble at all, Ann. First off, if you’d asked Aaron about his photo on Silence Day, he likely wouldn’t have answered you anyway. No?

    Would I be in trouble if I asked the man behind the Fenway meat stand for all of his varieties in one sandwich by going up to him on Silence Day and handing him a slip of paper that merely said, “Yes,” do you think?

  6. My family have learnt that when I take a photo it may end up on my blog so if they don’t want something on my blog they have learnt to say “don’t post this on your blog mum” and I don’t.

  7. How much fun for Aaron, and what a great experience for him. That itself is enough to make one happy and relaxed; as traveling is always a learning experience. But I understand you, the mom. Speaking about Joni Mitchell, I found the “Woodstock” song, written and composed by her, and found the version that was a hit when I was 11 years old in 1970, performed by Matthews Southern Comfort. The band’s own original arrangement of the Joni Mitchell song, became a UK number one hit in November 1970.

  8. If you’re in trouble who cares? We’re ALL in trouble now and then! Join the party!

    • A trouble party! I love this and I’m happy to join in, now and then. Thanks for untroubling me with this invitation, Claudia.

  9. Ann,
    So not to be in trouble with you; I’ll leave a comment.
    Jesus tells us don’t look to tomorrow, for today’s “troubles” are sufficient for the day.
    Just take it one day and one step at a time. There’s less chance of a fall that way.

  10. Only your son can answer the first question. But I do find that caution is often a preventer of trouble. Wishing you a day free of troubles, Robert.

  11. Yes, you are in trouble: for putting photos of people on the Internet without their explicit permission: insensitive and amateur, to make showing up on the Internet an opt out feature of your relationships.

    You are the main reason I was silent and hid for 50 years.

    Delete away…

    • I didn’t delete. I’m glad you’re no longer hiding.

    • You’re not denying Ann her pleasure for enjoying her “photojournalism” and “street photography”, a photography genre in its own right. Read about art before telling Ann that she’s in trouble; you need to be educated and leave artists alone!

      • “Street Photography” came to be what it is today because of these candids. “Street photographers” cannot be asking everyone for permission, otherwise it would no be “street photography”. As long as the images are not used in a commercial way or to sell anything, street photographers have a right to produce their art because people are in the street, and the street is public, FYI. Henri Cartier-Bresson, and recently the late Vivian Maier, the nanny, were street photographers. Inside private establishments, however, the law changes. There you have to ask permission. Maybe this is what got you confused. Ann does it for artistic purposes. 👼🏼

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