Someone Else’s Good News

2022-01-13 – We have no shortage of bad news. So when you get good news you want to shout it. Unless, of course, you have some sort of obligation to keep the news to yourself.


So yesterday, I got three pieces of news. Two were fabulous and one was interesting. I wanted to tell all of them. One of them I received as an attorney, so the news is subject to attorney-client privilege. The other was a piece of news involving someone close to me, so, although I probably don’t have a legal obligation to keep it to myself, I’m not of the habit of blurting out other people’s news. I can be happy for them, but I leave the public announcement to them. The third piece of news involves a celebrity. It’s neither good nor bad, but interesting. I have no idea what my obligations to the celebrity are. Apparently none, if you look at the news. But I am not a news organization.

Here’s what I can tell you.

The first piece of news involved a pro bono immigration case that I have been working on. I’ve been doing these cases for almost three years. My clients are undocumented immigrants who were crime victims. There is a weird category of visa that allows undomented crime victims to normalize their status if they cooperated with the authorities. I’ve done a number of cases. None of them has been decided. It’s hard to keep going without ever getting a decision, but the organization I’m working with says this is normal.

Yesterday, however, I get a text from a client with good news. She’s been accepted to a school that is asking for her alien registration number. So, the number is not a decision. It’s a number. I never really thought much about the number. The number could eventually be stamped on a denial of her petition (unlikely, but possible). My first reaction was that I didn’t think she even had the number. But she did. Merely having the number opened a door for her. After all the work on all the cases, finally, someone had a tangible benefit.

It’s something to celebrate.

The next piece of news is something that I want to be even more vague about. It also involved a legal procedure (I wasn’t the lawyer). It has been pending a long, long time. As of yesterday, it is over. I’m really happy, but I can’t tell you more about it.

Then there’s the celebrity story.

I’ve been trying to decide whether to have wrist surgery. So I texted a bunch of questions to the surgeon and he called me. In the course of the conversation, he mentioned that a certain celebrity was trying to decide whether to have the same surgery. He said that the story was in social media. But I can’t find it. So I’m not going to spread the story. But I did think it was cool that this celebrity and I shared this bond of disability.

There you have it. Yesterday was a good news day. But I can’t tell you about it.

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One response to “Someone Else’s Good News

  1. Speaking of news, Simon and Garfunkel’s Parsley, Sage album has a cut called 7 O’Clock News/Silent Night. I have mixed feelings about it–the juxtaposition of a newscast and Silent Night feels heavy handed but nevertheless has an austere, haunting beauty, particularly in the vocal harmony. Much of the album feels dated to me. I think some of S&G’s other work holds up better.

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