@frigwiggin Just start calling that kid House and piss off its parents immediately.
@Slutface really? I found it rather affectionate, but it must get a little grating to see certain vignettes play out every. single. night.
@fondue with cheddar it is a payment that a man makes to a woman in return for the production of a child. it exists as a 'thank-you' token so that women do not forget to whom the child produced by their labor fundamentally belongs. The post-birth equivalent of contemptuously throwing a few bills onto a woman's pillow as you leave her bedroom, except the idea is that women will be pleased by the gesture, because, women, right? It is important to remind them that they are employees of their husbands and not the managers of their own factories.
It is largely mythical but any excuse to write a trend piece about women as self-absorbed gold-diggers (because just because you're paying her doesn't mean she's earned it) is a good excuse, so it will probably keep on existing as a phrase for a while. A. Ha ha, some lady thinks she deserves a piece of jewelry for enduring agonizing pain, life-altering biological changes and the temporary (?) disruption of her various bodily processes, how shallow, but also, B. that is what your nine months of gestation and labor are worth to your husband and society, a nice necklace. We couldn't afford paid medical leave so we got you some emeralds. Congratulations!
@pollypeachum Wait, that's an ACTUAL thing?
I think this is really awesome and a great perspective to have on remembering to look inward, not outward, to figure out if you're making the right choices. But worth pointing out that it is unlikely anyone could get a position with a title like "Director of Guest Services" without a BA now or in the future. While the topic of college is at the forefront of her and her friends' minds, things can get very competitive at good high schools--she's probably learning about legacy students and such for the first time, and her friends are probably innocently asking her where her parents went and it leaves her feeling odd when she has to give an explanation that's unusual for your area. There may also be some tension while she's actually in college and bristly and lost and defensive that YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND, but once she starts working, I hope and bet she'll develop a real appreciation for everything you and your husband have accomplished.
@Heat Signature No, I think your first instinct was correct. Danny had no intellectual disabilities - he could have procured an escort for himself if he wanted one. Had this happened to me I would have felt so incredibly violated. The mom is way too involved here...
And! To have your whole family know about it and everyone talking about it and then writing articles ON THE INTERNET about it after your death! Such an incredible violation.
(Also, from the interaction between the mother and sales rep -- see my above comment, which was too late to edit), it was evident the daughter was planning to use the device herself, just in case anyone is getting creeped out).
wow, I'm not really sure how to feel about this, but I'm glad it was here and I'm glad I read it. Definitely much respect to Mara & Danny's mum, I can only imagine the kind of internal steel core she must have had to cope with such an intense level of parenting.
You just gotta dance your way through the whirlwind, like Job, and Psy:
WHOA. WHOA. WHOA.
ETA: Emma you are totally great, and this is really exciting. But EDITHHHHH NOOOOOOOO