My sweet neighbor has come over two times now with her adorable (quiet) 9 year old daughter. The first time they brought cookies. The second time, yesterday, they invited BabyKid to go to Busch Gardens with them. One interesting thing about this sweet neighbor is that both times she was wearing a shirt that says in big bold letters:
INJURED BY A DRUNK DRIVER
On their “cookie” visit, I found this Tshirt Badge of Courage very intriguing, but found myself not quite brave enough to mention or ask about it. She walked with a bit of a limp and spoke with a bit of a slur, but was completely delightful in every possible way. So here she was again, and I think we will all go on a little neighborly theme park outing on Thursday where, as we make memories, we will also discover if she will wear the shirt again and possibly hear the story behind it while sipping a slurpie in line somewhere.
But it got me to thinking…not to minimize the seriousness of her incident, not to mention what a blessing it is when someone survives a drunk driving accident–that alone is reason enough to share the joy of being alive everywhere with a wardrobe of explanation/exclamation Tshirts. But just how helpful might this concept be for numerous others? I mean, I should wear one about every other day that says,
FORGOT TO TAKE MY CALM DOWN MEDICINE
We’ve all seen “I’m the Big Sister” or “Bride” and “Groom” but what about,
SOMEONE I LOVE JUST DIED
I LOOK FINE BUT I HAVE CANCER
or how about,
YOU DON’T KNOW ME…BUT YOU SHOULD
In the late 90s I needed one that said:
THEY’RE ALL MINE
I DO KNOW WHAT BIRTH CONTROL IS/DOES
NONE OF THEM WERE ACCIDENTS
REMIND ME AGAIN HOW THIS IS YOUR BUSINESS?
but it wouldn’t fit. Even in maternity sizes.
Now I need one that says:
BE MY FRIEND
PLEASE HIRE ME
or better yet
MY KIDS ARE DRIVING ME INSANE.
CAN THEY COME OVER?
(BUT I DID HAVE THEM ALL ON PURPOSE)
((WELL, MOST OF THEM))
but that might just bee a tad desperate, don’t you think?