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Comment by booklover on March 24, 2013 at 7:52am

Comment by booklover on March 24, 2013 at 7:52am

Thanks Carl! And Ian and Chris!  Just to set the record straight, I am NO 'saint!'  I have a temper, and if someone is mean to my kids, GRRRRRR.  I seriously do not like "everybody."  But, if someone needs help, I am certainly a reliable person.  I agree Chris that Abby needs to divorce herself from her family.  I doubt it'll happen though.

Joan, I totally agree with your bear picture!

Loren, GREAT sign!

Felaine, the pregnant-nun costume was a terrific idea!!! lol.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 24, 2013 at 7:27am

Thanks for the asshole sign Loren.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 24, 2013 at 6:06am

Comment by sk8eycat on March 24, 2013 at 3:51am

TFA...that candle holder is WONderful!  I even showed th photo to my JWitless sisther, and she wanted to know who made it, and where she could get one. 

Witlesses HATE Halloween...they claim it's satanic, or something.  During Trick-or-Treat time in our neighborhood, my sister "has to" sit in the back yard, as far as she can get from the street, to keep the evil from touching her "soul."

None of them have ever been able to  explain to me what's evil about little kids dressed up as spacemen, fairy princesses, clowns, whatever.

(One of her friends refused to come in the house one day because I'd just printed a photo poster of several owls on a perch, and it was titled "Hogwarts Post Office," or something like that.)

But my sister loves that candle holder.  Go figure.  (I think she also regrets the fact that since our parents died, we don't "do" xmas in this house anymore, either.  The OT has an an injunction against bringing trees inside and decorating them.  Pagan, yanno.  They're effing weird.)

Some of my happiest memories are of the wild Halloween parties we put on when I was in HOI. 

The "nun" in the upper right is a guy I took skating lessons with when we were both in high school. We joined the show together, too. When I walked into the party room, he was sitting quietly on the sidelines, prim and proper.  I didn't recognize him at first; I just wondered, "What's a NUN doing here?" Then I saw the big belly (a pillow), and realized she/he was supposed to be pregnant, realized it was Tim, and laughed till my face hurt.

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I'm sitting on the floor, in a white blouse, pleated skirt, laughing.

Most of the boys came in drag, even the str8 ones.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 24, 2013 at 3:00am

OK, does this pass the "Poo" test?

Comment by Plinius on March 24, 2013 at 1:49am

You're a wonderful aunt to Abby, Melinda! She'll have a bad life as long as she stays with her family, so she keeps comforting herself with unnecessary things. It's not easy to divorce yourself from your family, but it looks like the best option for her.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 24, 2013 at 12:44am

Melinda, if your friend suffers from bipolar disorder then Abby has, in some ways, grown up without a mother. If you can be the "sensible aunt" for her you will be doing her a service that could last a life-time.

Glad to know someone with such a kind heart.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 23, 2013 at 10:12pm

Melinda, if I may publicly state.........you are a real Gem.  Anyone who knows you is indeed very lucky.  You not only have a big, welcoming heart but you have obviously proven that you are an individual who can be relied upon in so many circumstances. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 23, 2013 at 5:13pm

A colleague once told me she had to divorce her family because they were toxic. She said she had to pay a price for getting out, and in the long run it was worth it. 

 

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