THINGS MY FAMILY MEMBERS HAVE SAID TO ME

Resilience is a virtue, I guess.
  1. "You look like you've gained weight. I know you're broke and I don't want you to have to buy bigger clothes."
    -- Dad
  2. "OH YEAH GREAT SO LETS JUST HAVE ANARCHY! TOTAL ANARCHY!"
    -- Dad, in response to telling him I had registered as a Democrat
  3. "When did you get smart? You've always been a pretty girl."
    -- Grandmother, on the day of my college graduation where I received honors/awards/distinction in Mathematics
  4. "Why? Boys don't like that."
    -- Dad, when I told him I wanted to study physics
  5. "That's nice honey. But do you have a boyfriend? I'd like to go to a wedding before I die."
    -- Grandmother, last Thanksgiving, after telling her about a recent promotion I'd received
  6. "He seems very nice, Sarah. He also clearly likes to eat -- very soft man."
    -- Dad, describing my college boyfriend
  7. "Sarah don't say that!"
    -- Mom, in response to my 12 year old self saying I wanted to marry Deion Sanders. She was being racist, because I am white and he is black and apparently that means we shouldn't get married. She's become more enlightened since then, thankfully.