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What I Shudda Said

My sleep pattern has gone awry and I find myself getting to bed about 2 a.m.. While I am fuzting away at the computer, my mind is buzzing and I remember old slights and humiliations and wish I could relive them and use my later life smarts to “show them”. There was the yuppie college guy who thought he had to say something about what I was wearing at my boss’s party. “What is that thing” he said, pointing to my felt skirt that I thought was rather smart. He thought he had to make a remark so I should feel included because they had just finished fawning over a yuppie female, tall and lovely, the star of the evening. I’d smile, lean in and whisper into his ear “Didn’t mommy tell you to shut up if you can’t be graceful?” Or, I’d revert to my street side, and say, “I’m sorry. I can’t be seen talking to someone who’s full of shit.”

My boss, a Cornell hotel school grad, often hosted events where he included senior students from his alma mater. They were rich and snobby. I didn’t have designs on any of them but they acted as if I did. We’re talking 1952. Anyway, these, and married guys, and mob wannabes, were the shabby lot I picked my way through, so I moved to New York and met Jay and from the day we met, we were never apart until he died 36 years later. It was hello, let’s get married.

xx, Teal

posted on June 4, 2020 1:35 PM ()


Lucky you wore that. A felt skirt ought to be a good protective garment against ambient bullsh*t.
comment by drmaus on June 5, 2020 1:00 PM ()
A great love story, Teal. I have never been good at thinking on my feet.
My exhusband and my son were great at zingers.
comment by elderjane on June 5, 2020 4:40 AM ()
You have the best comebacks, one liners, and zingers, dear T.

Joining you in the getting to sleep at 2 a.m. club. My sleep pattern is a mess on a good day because of my fibro, but in addition, my circadian rhythm has been out of sync since my COVID-19 illness in early March, which caused extreme fatigue. And in the weeks of recovery, I'm awake when I should be asleep and asleep when I should be awake. Bizarre.
comment by marta on June 5, 2020 3:43 AM ()
didn't know you had the virus. Such good news you got through it. My area not over-run, but governor is moving to reopen everything. Watch for spike. You can't fix stupid.
reply by tealstar on June 5, 2020 4:11 PM ()
comment by traveltales on June 4, 2020 1:52 PM ()

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