That surprised me, too. I worked at 15, but that was a different era. Now that I have teenage kids, no one in my area will hire anyone under 18, unless it’s volunteer work. There just aren’t enough jobs.
A monsoon made us hours late to meet our baby daughter, and the nannies who brought her just dropped her off at our hotel room and left. “Here’s your baby!” And from that moment, she was mine. I couldn’t even look at her properly because of the tears in my eyes. She was 13 months old, but malnourished and didn’t walk or talk, and she was running a fever. By the time we got home a couple of weeks later, she was well and very attached to me. I couldn’t even leave the room she was in without her wailing loudly, so I learned to cook and do everything with one arm while I carried her in the other. I lost 25 pounds doing that. She’s been such a joy, and 18 years later, is ready to come home from college after her freshmen year. A year later, we started the process again, and that was even harder because we had to wait longer, but just as joyful when it finally came together and we welcomed a 2.5-year-old into the family. She’s graduating from high school next weekend.
Response to 19 Photos Of Moms That Are Never Not Funny:
I went to the prom in 1975 and ‘76. I wish I still had those dresses. They were gorgeous.
Response to Which Graduation Song Makes You Cry Every Time?:
“We Are Family” by Sister Sledge. I graduated from a women’s college in 1979. I haven’t paid attention to graduation songs since then.
A lot of people are both immigrants and American citizens. Maybe they’d like to sponsor their mother (or husband or brother) to immigrate to America, too. Too bad if Mom is a Muslim under a Trump administration. If Mom is not a Muslim, she might be in the next group of people generalized as “dangerous” when the wind changes.
Wow. Where I come from, “middle class” means being able to pay most of your regular bills each month.
You should try an apricot! They’re delicious, fresh, canned, dried, or in jam.
Response to Can You Pass This Sudden Death Geography Quiz?:
16/16, but it took two attempts, because I thought Alma had the higher altitude.
Response to What Is Your Grandma Percentage?:
63% grandma, which is okay because I have three grandchildren. I don’t know how it was scored, but I’ve never been to any of those stores. I also never wear a coat because menopausal women are usually too hot anyway.
Response to How Good Is Your Grammar?:
In some of these questions, I find an error in every sentence. In others, I can’t find any. How about an explanation at the end?
I’ve seen this movie!
Response to 17 Hair Problems Blondes Will Never Understand:
My daughters have Asian black hair, so this is relevant to my interests.
1. This only happens if you are white.
2. Oh yes, especially in group pictures where everyone else is white and most are blond.
3. That happens.
4,5. One kid has almost no body hair, while the other has plenty.
6. Oh yeah, imagine being the only kid in high school with noticeable gray strands of hair.
7. The bright side is being able to skip mascara and most other makeup.
8. What? This is a complete surprise to me, because I’m blonde, but I must ask them about it. I’ve learned something new today!
I just didn’t get it …until I got to #7 and realized this is the UK they’re talking about. And that house doesn’t look at all detached to me.
So true. I nodded, and nodded, then got to #21 and OH YEAH, I’ve had to think fast about those stories a few times.
When an employer lists “requirements,” women tend to think those qualifications are required for the position, and they don’t apply, because they know they aren’t qualified. Meanwhile, men apply for the job anyway -and often get the job. My husband said, yeah, that’s the way it’s always been. An HR person admitted that in a job ad, “requirements” are actually just a wish list, and they don’t expect someone to have them all. In other words, it’s all BS and words don’t really mean what they mean.
Response to This Is Why Men Can Never Find A Damn Thing:
I have years of experience with this, both men and children. The best way to keep your own sanity is to say, “I don’t know where it is. You’ll just have to look.” You don’t have to be an enabler.
I would be instantly happy if I had a bed that came out of the wall!
Response to We Know Your Bra Size Based On Random Questions:
I didn’t even know bras came in size E. I thought after D came DD. Doesn’t matter, I’ll never be that big.
Using turn signals is like the allegory of the long spoons. Using them does not benefit the user himself, but it benefits everyone around him. It’s a system that works wonderfully when everyone participates, but human nature dictates that selfish drivers will not bother, since they don’t personally benefit. Yet those same selfish drivers will complain when other people don’t signal.
Response to How Adulty Are You?:
I checked just about all of them. Never had anything from IKEA. My knives are in a drawer, though, with proper sheathes on them. My shower has a door. My desk is covered with bills, but no junk mail. I don’t drink wine, but I know how to open a bottle. My carpet is stained, but only until the last kid moves out, then it will be changed to wood flooring.
My husband can relate. He has six daughters …and one son.
Haha. That guy thinks he’ll have time to do musical theater And play basketball. At Berkeley.
Why are they all teen movies? There were hundreds of better movies in the 1980s!
He was fascinating in Die Hard, but I fell in love with him in Truly Madly Deeply. Everything else was a treat.
Going to college in the 1970s: 1. No such thing. We had mailboxes, though.
2. Nope, but we had a public phone at the end of the hall.
4. There was a small NON-smoking section in the dining hall.
5. Yes. There was only one question on the roommate questionnaire -about smoking.
6. No, but we had KISS, Rolling Stones, and Zep posters.
7. We managed to have some nice looking people on the wall.
8. No one watched TV much.
9. My first vote was for Jimmy Carter.
10. The only computers were for learning programming languages: Basic, Fortran, and Cobol.
11. They were for computer science students only.
13. In person, in long lines, with IBM punch cards. We prayed they would work.
14. No way!
15. No way!
16. Good luck with that. No one answered the phone at the end of the hall.
19. Plans were made at the last minute.
20. No such thing. But we left notes anyway.
21. Hell yes.
23. Fake IDs were easy to get, but many states had a drinking age of 18, so they didn’t check much.
25. Notes by hand, yes. That’s why I didn’t need to study much.
29. We were on our own there.
30. Call collect, use a fake name, parents refused, then called you right back.
31. We looked through their album crate.
32. No, but we borrowed and traded albums.
33. BIG freakin’ speakers!
34. Workout? No thanks.
35. We had Frisbees.
36. We called it MDMA.
Coffee in the AM, tea in the PM. As it should be.
Response to Americans Try Mincemeat Pies:
I love mincemeat pie! But I’ve always made them full size. Can’t get the kids to even try it, even when I call it raisin-apple-cinnamon pie. Alas, I have to eat the whole thing myself.
Response to Couples Answer Tough Questions About Adoption:
This is exactly what happens, although you have time to think about it and discuss the issues. I was afraid that if we would accept only a healthy infant, we wouldn’t get a child at all. I was also afraid that if we’d accept all disabilities, they would give us the most disabled child they could. As new parents, we ended up accepting the possibility of only mild disabilities for our first child. Then after finding out what having a child was really like, we adopted a special needs child the second time around. You need to think hard about what you can handle, and then be honest about it. You have to be fair to the child.
Some of these questions have an “it depends” answer. My kids do social media, but they are 17 and 18 now. I forbade it before they were 14, then supervised for a while, then let them loose. Scheduled C-section? Only if it were recommended. My SIL had an emergencey C-section for her first, then scheduled the second child’s to avoid a repeat emergency. Stuff happens.
This article makes me so grateful for the family I have. We spend holiday dinners trying to make each other laugh.
I got one out of 20. Then I realized I was supposed to select the real one.
So which is it supposed to be, rom-coms or chick flicks? Some of these are kids movies, some are not comedies, and hardly anything here is over 20 years old. Where are Steel Magnolias, The Color Purple, Thelma and Louise, a League of Their Own, Casablanca, and The Joy Luck Club?
I am both. I go to sleep usually by 1AM, sometimes later. Then I wake every morning at 5. I nap for a couple of hours every afternoon, too.
Response to 86 Thoughts Everyone Has While Shopping At Aldi:
The Aldi where I live never has sales, but is still cheaper than anywhere else. The only thing that’s expired is the produce, although I believe it was expired when it arrived there. Tip: keep your shopping bags in your car trunk.
It also serves to keep people from throwing butts on the floor if they have to stay near the ashtray.
Part of it is the fact that the most awesome classic pop culture characters are male. We are making progress there, finally, with Elsa and Katniss, but we need more Wonder Womans in our lives!
My youngest daughter has been Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, and even Santa Claus. This is her costume from 2003.
Open storage means dusting individual items. In a kitchen, you get grease involved, too. These kitchens are beautiful, but not practical when you cook all the time.