> The lowest on the
hierarchy, of course, was me, which was awkward, because my position of
authority was in itself a breach of the rule.<
Mark - that is a telling point.
I've been workshopping with drug-addicted Mums in a live-in rehab program
recently, and this status awkwardness came up a couple of times. I'm a
recovering alkie but by so many years, it was hardly relevant. Whenever they
brought their current circumstance into their writing (and they were 'meant'
to, if only by the coordinator's wishes and not mine) I was closed out and
they all nodded in sympathy/empathy with the author.
Thanks for putting it so succinctly.