Monday, March 28, 2011

tweens: the new birth control

for my eldest niece's 11th birthday party, my sister asked me to assist her in taking my niece and three of her friends to the movies. of course i said 'sure! i love going to the movies.' oh, but i did more than watch Diary of a Wimpy Kid on Saturday night, i watched Diary of a Terrified 30-Something... and the sequels, Diary of a Heartbroken 40-Something and Diary of a Where Did I Go Wrong 50-Something.

when i rolled up to my sister's house for this little adventure, my tween niece was busy playing basketball with the other tweens and didn't even notice me or say hello until her little sister said, 'hey. did you know Aunt Allison is here?' at that point, she stopped just long enough to say, 'oh. hi.' then went back into her own little tweeny world. it was there at that very moment, that i realized the transformation had begun. i was no longer the cool aunt, but just another adult that can't get away with saying, 'when i rolled up...'

now, i must admit... i once practiced the tween lifestyle. however, there were no cell phones, no texting, no internet and no spacebook. me and the other tween-lings had to pass hand written notes in class, ask our parents permission to use the only phone in the house and weren't privy to information that happened after school or at night until the next day at school. and the only influences i had were my older brother, my older sister and HBO... let's face it, i practiced tween-ism long before parental control on the television was invented.

i remember having sex education sometime in middle school and my mother explaining the 'Becoming a Woman' book to my sister and i.... but to be honest, i really didn't understand it all until my late teens. and even then, i really couldn't see the forest through the trees but thankfully somehow i made it out of high school pretty much unscathed. but how? how in the hell was i able to get where i am today?

i asked myself this when i overhead one of these tweens say, 'my boyfriend cheated on me so i ripped up the teddy bear he got me.' WHAT? you are 11-years old! do you know what cheating is? wait, how do you even have a boyfriend. you are 11!?! granted i said i had a 'boyfriend' in the 5th grade too... but we never even talked in class or out of class or went anywhere together. now that i think about it, maybe it was a one-sided relationship. WHAT? i was in the 5th grade... what the hell did i know about relationships? to be honest, again... i'm 10 days shy of 32-years old and i'm just now understanding what healthy relationships actually mean.

the more the tweens talked, the more scared i got. murmurs of 'he's so hot!' and 'i'm desperate for a boyfriend!' filled the mini-van on the way home. i turned to my sister in exasperation and asked if she heard what was going on? she didn't seemed phased by it at all. was she deaf, i wondered?

in this world wind of 'you're not old enough to say that', i remembered a conversation i had suppressed for several years about giving my then 13-year old nephew a pseudo sex talk after he said that he was never having sex because he saw pictures of STD's on.... guess where? yep, the internet. i realized it's not just sex though. what about drugs? what about peer pressure? what about education? what about driving? what if they turn out to be an asshole?

regardless, i made a life altering decision at that very moment... i can not have children. not that i don't want them, i do... but i can't. i've only had a few anxiety attacks in my life and i was on the verge of another one. i always thought i would be the cool parent but flashes of my future self being an overprotective, controlling parent that tries to shield her child from the terrible, influential world we live in, where they will rebel against me and my controlling ways in every way imaginable. which then cause a lifetime of anguish for me and my family and thus further causing me to become an alcoholic to deal with the pain of having my child hate me because i ruined their life. i lose my job, my husband divorces me and my other children have to go live with my disappointed parents because i can no longer care for them because i'm in rehab... again. my parents might be disappointed in me, but how courageous there were to even have me.

"there are two lasting bequests we can give our children. one is roots. the other is wings."

Thursday, March 24, 2011

like a good neighbor, passive aggressive is there.

when i woke up this morning, i found the following note written in all caps on a purple envelope taped to my door:

"Please be mindful of your footfall. There have been several nights that the loud noises form your apartment have kept up my child and myself awake. I see patients early in the morning and my child has school. We need to be able to go to sleep and stay asleep. The office has been notified. Thank you"

my response is as follows: (and please note, i work in the office she supposedly notified and because of this, i'm privy to certain information... like how she is a psychotherapist. which i find ironic.)

"We live in a multi-unit building that was built in 1903; therefore you are going to hear people walk, talk, etc… I know I do, and I am very mindful of my actions because of this. I’m sure since you notified the office; they stressed this very same point.

The ‘loud noises’ remark is completely absurd because I am a quiet person. I go to bed around 10 –10:30 pm on most weeknights and get up around 7:30 am. Which is completely in the normal range of ‘quiet hours’ for apartment living. Again, I’m sure the office also stressed this point.

You can leave as many notes on my door and contact the office as many times as you wish, you will get the same response from me. Actually, this will be the only response from me. I am a very conscious, responsible tenant. I have been renting apartments for over 10 years in a variety of different buildings and not once I have ever had one complaint about my living habits.

I’m sorry you and your son are sensitive to noises, maybe you should find an apartment on the top floor with no shared common walls or a single-family residence so that you are not bothered by others normal day-to-day activities and can sleep soundly.

If this has somehow found the wrong apartment, my apologies as the note did not have a name or apartment number to reference. I’m not sure how one tries to resolve a problem, if they do not know whom the problem is with. So I am assuming that this kind of compliant could only come from the apartment directly below mine as it is the only apartment I share a wall and/or in this case, a floor with."

i signed my name and my apartment number... and at lunch, i will tape it on her door.

"your actions speak so loudly that i cannot hear what you say."

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

if i was prezident.

i wood not rekomend xtending tax cutts four the top too purrcent of the wellthiest Amaricans whyle inn the same breathe sayin that teechers arr geting two much monie and two many benifits. that makes no cents to me, does it to you! i jus dont understand them peeple that think that way. what Amarica is they from! not mine? is that the realz Amarica them bee talkin bout? where the wellthiest git moore monie and the teechers git shatted on? i been two alot of places here inn Amarcia butte i dont think i want to go thier.

you want moore jobz, and you want moore monie - then we shud envest in new energi policys. four enstance, enstalling smarrt eletric meters that cumunicate wit smarrt apliances in youre howse so that Amarica is moore energi ifficient. if energi is needed in one place, youre meter )that is konnected to a centrall energi plant( will realise this and reducce youre energi so that they )the energi plant( can redistributte the energi where needed. ohh, snapz. i just dropped the redistributtion bomb. them people who want to cut teechers benifits dont like it when we say that. we be socialists. we wud bee socialists with jobz and monie... and our neeghbors two. 

noww that me thinks bout it, maybee we dont need no edukation... we dont knead teechers to teech us nothing. becuz obviosly everyone )isspecially in the meadia and pubblic office( is natturally smarrt and knows how to fixx problemz. they must no sumthing we dont. i weesh everyone was as smarrt as thems. they didnt have no teechers: did they!

"modern cynics and skeptics... see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing."