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“Sh*t people say” jumps the shark.

Shit people say to spouses of people who use wheelchairs:

My favorite “I”m so sorry” experience was in my first trial as a young lawyer, when Tim — who was an associate at the same fancy-pants DC law firm that I was — came to watch.  On a break, our loathsome opposing counsel came up to me and said, out of the blue, “I’m so sorry.”  Given the quantity of serious litigation bullshit he had engaged in, I was glad he saw fit to apologize, but thought it was better directed to the senior partner.  I was starting to say something about that when he added, “about your husband…”  Honestly, I still didn’t understand:  Tim wasn’t assigned to the case; what could this dude possibly mean?  He had to stumble on to say something about “injury” and “wheelchair” before it finally dawned on me.  Needless to say, I was speechless.

Years later, I actually wrote and submitted a “Modern Love” column to the New York Times after some lady walked up to us at a baseball game and said something about me being a good caretaker.  How can you explain in a sentence how ordinary life is?  How care is given and taken in equal measure?  Unfortunately, my column couldn’t compete with other important dispatches from the front lines of human relationships, for example, looking for a date on Craigslist or overthinking your boyfriend’s slippers.

That’s the great thing about the blog:  the only thing standing between my thoughts and publication is my own good judgment.  Such as it is.

  1. AJ Kutchins
    February 20, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    This completely and totally brightened up my day. Does that mean there’s something wrong with me?

  2. Marsha
    February 20, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Can you get an “Amen?”
    Yes, m’am!
    I say, “Amen, Sister!”
    And the looks……
    Sometimes I just shake my head (literally or in my mind), and other times I just want to smack some people.
    Mostly, though, I just smile, knowing that like you I got the brass ring on the merry-go-round of life!

  3. February 20, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    @ AJ – I hope not, because we seem to share the same twisted sense of humor!

    @ Marsha – Amen backatcha!

  4. February 21, 2012 at 8:05 am

    This is why I love you. Once again, thank you for putting your thoughts into such excellent words. Little by little you and Tim and friends are boggling the stupid minds of folks. Thank you.

  5. Corbett
    February 26, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    I cannot believe that I can no longer use the word/concept of “sex” to make you blush in public. You put it on the blog and video. Guess I will have to dig deeper for that famous blush.

    Are your great videos available on YouTube? I’d like to send the links to folks – or – if your blog is ‘open’ I’ll just send them to the blog.

    Thanks for the laughs. I LOVE reading your blogs.

  6. Ron Moen
    March 4, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Hi Amy. I always knew Tim was destined for great s*x. He was always passionate, even as a brain-iac college kid. Give him a wet willy from me. PS>> Great blog. Congrats to Tim on his new one. Tell him there are 8 of us following him now, not just 3.

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