Underemployed freelance writer and editor, recovering lawyer, I split time between DC and NYC but retain affection for hometown of Detroit.
One element that gave me a grin: LW has inherited his mother's tenacity.
Revel in having a room and bed to yourself, for one night. Pretend you and your partner are dating. Buy her some flowers to wake up to on her bedside table. Send her smoky lusty looks from across the room. It sounds like she's going along with this whole scene, despite the tensions. Revel in the gift of love, at that level of acceptance.
Your time with your Mother, this person you are very like, is very short now.
This might be the most goddamned beautiful response to a letter ever. Wow. That said, OP's letter dripped in derision and scorn for his family of origin, and his mom *still* loves him and wants him to be there with his partner. That's kind of nice. Even if he finds her hateful, I really hope they go and it turns out nicer than expected. And maybe he can work out an 'every other year' plan with his mom, which many people do. Maybe one holiday every two years will be more palatable.
I agree with Polly. A couple days won't kill you. The last time my grandma ever asked me to go on a trip with her I declined because I thought it'd be too much hassle. Four months later she died of an unexpected illness.
Of course if you can say no to your mom while accepting the fact that she might not be there next year, say no. And that's not meant to be a guilt trip. I know plenty of people with mothers so awful they would still say no. If your mother is not that awful though, I would go.
Also, I'd like to add that if you're secure in your life choices, letting judgemental comments roll of your back is easier than you think, and an invaluable skill!
Balk, the headline was cut off. Believe it should read "in order of the preferences of an NYU freshman."
Let them eat steak frites!
I'd add that while wearing a necktie with short sleeves is probably the least egregious element of this ensemble, it's also highly self-beclowning.
In the same way that one is less concerned about a hangnail when one's house is on fire, the beltloops without a belt and the tie tucked into the waistband are far too distracting for me to even discuss the shorts.
Similarly, any comments I might make on the bowlcut-and-beardburns combination would be injudicious at best.
But ... the shorts are the only thing about that outfit that aren't stupid?
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HELL YES SHAD BAKES. That is all.
Fun fact : salt pork and cedar planks were both originally invented to serve primarily as vehicles for the delivery of delicious shad.
what the fuck kind of criminal terrorist masterminds carjack a guy, tell him they're the marathon bombers, then ... let him go? this is some "four lions" shit right here