A simple article about a McDonald’s worker who is unable to purchase food there (not that you should) turned into a free-for-all about that woman’s choices as opposed to a critique on the corporate practices that keep her poor. Why do we continue to place blame on poor people for being poor and refuse to turn the focus on the billion-dollar companies they work for that magnify their profits based on YOUR taxes? Can we make poor-shaming a thing? We have shaming for everything else apparently, but the one that most directly affects the largest majority of us slips under the radar because we like to be able to point to someone and say they’re doing worse than we are.
I’m in Portland for PDX Cocktail Week but my dad’s siblings live here as well. My aunts & uncle that I had only met 1 or 2 other times in my life 13 years ago
My Aunt Mona is one of his sisters. I barely know her and only saw her twice in my adolescence, once when I first came to Portland in August 2000, then later in October when the Cheathams planned a family reunion in Las Vegas.
On Easter Sunday of this year, my aunt learned that she had a malignant brain tumor and her health deteriorated quickly. 2 weeks ago the doctors gave her a prognosis of 2 weeks left to live. She has made it past that deadline, and I was fortunate enough to see her today.
At first she did not fully comprehend who I was was, but after mentioning my dad, my mom and my siblings, and going on an hour-long walk pushing her in a wheelchair with her son and my Uncle Bubby, she began to light up and began to communicate a bit better.
I told her how much everyone loved her and how much everyone wished they could be there, but I was the family messenger. I gave her a big hug, and she held on very tightly and I told her how I will be back in Portland in February, and I looked forward to seeing her again. She then smiled and lit up with excitement and told me she looked forward to it as we embraced strongly another few times before I had to leave.
Even though we have barely interacted in our lifetimes, she and I are still family. It was heartbreaking to say goodbye to someone, knowing that there will be no chance of ever seeing them again alive.
I’m sorry but for all of the gays ejaculating “SHE’S BACK!” “SHE’S MOVING HER LEGS AGAIN!” “WELCOME A NEW ERA” -
She does look very fit, I will agree there, but I’d like to point out that every “dance” scene is from far away and you don’t see a closeup of whomever the body double is. When you do see a close up, it’s usually waste up, or she’s simply gyrating and doing pretty basic pop-music dance moves.
I’m going to return to Lorde now.