My future mother-in-law called me at all hours of the I don’t care what day it is it’s early I’m grumpy I want coffee shirt and I will buy this day and night with the craziest questions, from what color lipstick I was planning to wear to what kind of flowers I wanted on the tables, and would I allow guests to take the centerpieces home after the reception? Because if I was planning to do that, then I had to make sure the quality was good. I responded, with a written message back. I felt empathetic and understanding and I told her that I was sorry that those things had happened and that she must be a very strong person to have overcome them. I told her that on a scale of pain in life from 1 to 10 that the pain she went through was off the charts and immeasurable. I congratulated her on her strength and success in overcoming those things and I tried to convey optimism. All these other countries, in the meantime, look at us with anything from bemusement at our backward ways to ever-increasing horror at the sheer inhumanity of our system. Even right-wing countries like Israel view the health of their citizens as a national priority. In the US, we spend nearly as much per person on paperwork for healthcare as Israel does actually providing healthcare for everybody. Federal US spending on healthcare for some is more per person than Israel’s single-payer healthcare for all. For insurance purposes, and possibly to get building permits to make repairs, once the wall was opened up, for the next couple of weeks the workers had to eat lunch with a big hole in the wall between the lunchroom and the embalming room. Depending on where you sat while you ate you had a fine view of the several dead bodies that were waiting for preparation. Not really all that good for the appetite.
I don’t care what day it is it’s early I’m grumpy I want coffee shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater and long sleeve t-shirt
After a month of constant wedding questions, I started to feel like I was being smothered – I picked a wedding date a year and a half away thinking that maybe if we had a long time to plan, my mom and future MIL would stop bombarding me. Nope, the I don’t care what day it is it’s early I’m grumpy I want coffee shirt and I will buy this questions kept coming. I am more of a last-minute decision kind of girl, so having to answer questions about centerpieces and mother of the groom dress colors so far ahead of schedule (or ever) brought me to a level of anxiety I had never experienced before, and I am a naturally anxious person. She came out of the starting gate completely furious. No, build-up. Like Regan’s demons in the Exorcist or a drunk Mel Gibson ranting at his wife. She was close to incoherently raging. She attacked me on many levels and cursed at me numerous times. All the while, they excuse or handwave away the ways we’re already heading toward a more broken system akin to Venezuela’s: incompetent and corrupt leadership, crony capitalism, paramilitary forces unaccountable to We The People and more. The