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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Erasure and The Problem With Christmas Cards

This is my first Christmas as half of a married couple, which means that the majority of the Christmas cards coming to our house are addressed like this:
"Mr. and Mrs. Daniel [Last Name]"
This is something I've written about before, and the way it makes me feel is still exactly the same. After getting the mail one day this past week, I started a text message conversation about it with Katie:
Me: I just think it's such a tasteless tradition to address people that way.

Katie: I'll bet the people doing it think the opposite, if that helps.

I'm sure she's right, and the last thing I want to do is seem ungrateful for getting Christmas cards from our friends and family, but I can't help feeling sort of like Maude does in the first minute of this clip:

Maude: I want to be me, Walter. I want my own identity!

Walter: You want your own identity? I'll give you your own identity. Here! Your button for the convention. Now, please. Stop being a pain in the fedlock.

Maude: (looking at nametag) "Hello. My name is Mrs. Walter Findley." Mrs. Walter Findley. Walter! How come your button doesn't say "Hello, I'm Mr. Maude Findley?!"

Walter: Because that's not who I am!

Maude: (waving nametag) And this, Walter, is not who I am, either.


Bachelor Girl said...

Now THAT'S what I call a Bachelor Girl attitude, right there!

Bravo, Tracey!

Tracey said...

Yep. Feminist Girls and Bachelor Girls are natural allies.

Unapologetically Mundane said...

"Because that's not who I am!" sort of makes me feel ill.

Tracey said...

Makes you hate Walter a little bit, huh?