If You Enjoyed “The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Meal”

“Let’s Stop Idealizing the Home-Cooked Family Dinner” was given a click-bait title when people posted it on their Facebook pages – “The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner.” Continue reading


What I Should’ve Said: An Open Letter to the TruGreen Guy

Dear Sir,

It has been a few weeks since we last spoke. I’m not sure if you will remember me, but here’s a quick re-cap of our exchange to jog your memory:

  • There’s a “No Solicitors” sign next to my doorbell. That probably won’t help you – you seem to have missed it.
  • I quietly said, “Hi” with an inquisitive look on my face. You said (loudly and with a laugh), “Huh. It’s like you have a baby sleeping in there.” To which I responded, “I *do* have a baby sleeping in here. What can I do for you?” Still not ringing a bell? Okay, we’ll keep going.
  • You asked whether I had a lawn care company. I used to, but we fired them this year for a whole host of reasons. I didn’t want to delve into the subject with you, so I just said, “Yes, we’re covered.” And you said, “Really? Because I’m looking around in your yard, and there are a lot of areas that are really not looking too good” as you turned and shrugged towards several patches that are, indeed, not looking too good.
  • I said that I wasn’t interested in hiring a new company, and you OPENED MY SCREEN DOOR and handed me a brochure while quickly saying that if I changed my mind, just to give you a call — your company could sort out “all this,” as you gestured to my yard. When I handed the brochure back to you because I didn’t want to waste the paper, your eyes bugged out, you raised your voice, and you said, “Well, excu-u-use, ME.”
  • You stormed off my porch as I closed the door.

That was the end of our conversation. It took less than 5 minutes, but it stuck with me, mostly because I left so many things unsaid. I feel that I need some closure, so here goes. Continue reading