12.09.2012

Chafing Relationships

A 1967 Max Factor makeup ad - very 1960s retro appeal.
Isn't this a gorgeous ad? It's a Max Factor makeup ad from a 1967 McCalls Magazine. This woman is beautiful. Her makeup is flawless, her hairpiece beautifully done, and all I can think is, how does she walk with all that beading there on her thighs? Won't that cause chafing?

I'm sure that is not the point of the ad. Having watched many seasons of Project Runway, I know, in the words of Michael Kors, that there are women who will bleed for fashion. Clearly, I am not one of those women. I avoid pretty much anything that might chafe, whether clothing or relationships.

Which is not to say I don't mind a little healthy controversy, I really just don't like conflict, particularly political conflict. It has just gotten so out of hand. 

I called my mother the day after the election. It was Wednesday, and I usually try to call her midweek and see her on Sundays to make sure she is OK. She answered the phone sounding like death warmed over.

"Are you OK?" I asked. "No," she snapped. [insert a long and awkward silence] She finally offered up that she hadn't slept. "Was it because of the election?" I asked, knowing the very moment the words left my lips that I would live to regret them. "Yes," she replied, her voice seething. I told her I hoped she would feel better soon and ended the call. Needless to say, she is more than a little upset that I voted for Obama.

Later that day she sent me an email with a quote from Khruschev about how the US would accept Communism slowly but eventually, and a note saying she grieved for my children. I didn't take it as a good sign.  I don't know whose Koolaid pitcher she's been drinking from, but I could make a "Canidae" guess.

I think it is irresponsible of certain "news" organizations [it pains me to even refer to them as such] to incite fear when the worst that is called for is disgruntlement. Clearly, my mother is getting on in years and cannot distinguish between "we're mad because we lost the election" and "we have become a communist state." Causing an elderly woman such pain and fear won't change the outcome of the election, but it will significantly reduce the quality of her life. Is that really necessary? 


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