I want to do adult things with you
*moans* pay the mortgage
*breathes* go make sure we turned off all the lights, our utility bill was fucking $300 this month
*tremors run through body* did you pay the baby sitter
*bites lip* Mmm, we really need to get the tags renewed on the truck
“I would like to travel the world with you twice. Once, to see the world
Twice, to see the way you see the world.”
let me check your temperature [puts hand on your forehead] hm. hmm. ah. yes. just as i expected. you’re totally cute
i am reading a sixteenth-century physician’s list of the “causes of monsters”— by “monsters”, understand, he does mean my kith and kin and cousins and kind, and me, would likely have meant me if i had been born back then— and the first is “the glory of god”. another is “the imagination”. and i am strangely flattered. the rest are as expected: “demons and devils”, “rotten or corrupt seed”, etc. but i think maybe “the imagination” is the truest reason. if you look at someone like me, or someone “worse” than me, more obviously different than me, without using any imaginative faculties, what is so monstrous? it’s only a life. it’s not terrifying, that different kinds of creatures are alive. it shouldn’t be terrifying.
Monster comes from the latin word “monstrum” which means to show or teach - it shares a root with demonstrate, and probably traces back to the more basic root of “monere” or to warn. - a monster, then is understood as a either a lesson or a sign or portend - a message or a judgement rather than a being in its own right, in the eyes of the people who name it a monster. A monster is not a monster if it is not also a message that serves to teach or warn or show something.
I think about that a lot in reference to disability-as-insperation-porn and the need to use disability to learn someething about able bodied and neurotypical people.
or the move to categorize mental and cognitive differences as “signs of our times” rather than things we are only now accepting as real and legitimate rather than trying to hide. People who claim that anything different from them is either a literal sign from a vengeful god or a loving one - people who claim it as a message in compassion, or non-religiously as a sign of our need to make one political move or another.
Even if people don’t call us monsters, they still see us as literal monsters - messages, signs, warnings rather than people.
“It was a five hundred mile journey and, surprisingly, quite uneventful. People who are rather more than six feet tall and nearly as broad across the shoulders often have uneventful journeys. People jump out at them from behind rocks then say things like, “Oh. Sorry. I thought you were someone else.””
the phrase “curiosity killed the cat” is actually not the full phrase it actually is “curiosity killed the cat but satisfaction brought it back” so don’t let anyone tell you not to be a curious little baby okay go and be interested in the world uwu
Blood is thicker than water The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb.
Meaning that relationships formed by choice are stronger than those formed by birth.