If you don’t know me, they refer to me as Mrs. Doubtfire at work. I’m not as old as Mrs. Doubtfire, but we have the same boobs and demeanour.
I prefer to be kind and sweet and doting even, but don’t mess with me. I’m one mother of a tough broad, and I’m not afraid to let you know that, in a very kind, diplomatic way. In other words, I’m very good at the subtle, ‘fuck-off’, and not shy about the not-so-subtle.
Which brings me to my current state of being; extremely tired of being a whipping post for other people’s problems.
Which is draining. I no longer want to be subtle about the fuck off. Nor do I want to be having to deal with anyone’s el poopo. I’m too old for that.
What I really want is to go about my business in a conscious way with other people who are doing the same. As one care provider who comes into our home put it, “Don’t get old and grouchy”.
I want to get old and more giddy, giggly, hippie-like in my approach, and perhaps even increase my alcohol and muscular flexibility tolerance. It may seem like one goal is not compatible with the other, but I disagree. Lower inhibitions and increased relaxation should surely result in a more yoga-like groove.
Also, I’m looking for a small camper van that I can paint lemon-yellow and pack full with a duvet, some good books, tea, red wine, some Jameson Whiskey, and a bottle of good bourbon. You know, for the nights you want to feel like you’re dying. Also there should be ibuprofen. I’ll call the camper Mellow Yellow and make use of the horn.
If you inspire me to feel like you’re putting me on the spot, or making me feel uncomfortable because you’re being an asshole, I will unleash the Mrs. Doubtfire fire, and quite frankly, that takes way more energy than I want to expend on you. Not only will I be annoyed, but I will be verbally annoyed.
Going forward, let’s all approach one another as if we’ve just come from the worst berating ever, shall we? Perhaps some gentleness, kindness, and common, public courtesy.
We are, as the old saying goes, all fighting battles that others cannot see.