Hopefully, Their Favorite Anime Isn’t “Heidi, Girl of the Alps”

, , , , | Friendly | October 28, 2019

(I’m at an anime convention out of state. While I’ve done conventions before, I’ve recently become disabled and need to use a wheelchair. I have friends with me, but because I don’t want to feel like a burden, I tell them they don’t have to stay with me, and they wander off. After a bit, I realize I don’t have the energy I thought I did, and find myself stuck in the lobby, unable to get back to my hotel. A couple passing by stops.)

Guy: “Hey, you all right?”

Me: “I’m fine–”

Girl: “You look like you’ve just been told bad news. You sure you’re okay?”

Me: “I’m just waiting for my friends to finish at [Event] so I can go back to my hotel.”

Guy: “What hotel are you at?”

Me: “It’s [Hotel], but I’m fine waiting.”

Guy: “Nah, we’re kind of headed that way, anyway. Want a push?”

(I accept. The guy hands the girl his bag and we start towards my hotel. We make small talk and they get me safely to my room, even going up the elevator with me and making sure I can get in. The next day, I run into them again.)

Me: “Hey, you’re the couple from last night! Thank you for your help!”

Girl: “It’s no problem, really! We just wanted to make sure you got back safe!”

(I’ve since been careful about having someone with me who can help, but I still appreciate their kindness for a total stranger!)

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The Boobs Of Justice

, , , , | Related | October 27, 2019

(For some reason, my mother-in-law is dead set against me breastfeeding my week-old daughter. We are going to see her 90-year-old mother who is in a nursing home, and she keeps on at me about it all the way there.)

Mother-In-Law: “Mum will tell you the same thing.”

(The new great-grandmother is so happy to hold her new great-granddaughter, but my daughter starts fussing and crying while she’s holding her.)

Grandmother: “Ooh, she’s hungry… Quick, get the boobies out.” 

(I nursed her before handing her back. I got stony silence all the way home.)

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As If Mondays Aren’t Bad Enough  

, , , , , | Working | October 26, 2019

(I have a condition that requires weekly treatments. My managers know this, and I get Mondays off every week. Even for huge store events, holidays, or if we’re short-staffed, I do not work Mondays. We get a new manager, and they do the schedule for the first time. I notice I’m scheduled on a Monday and talk to the new manager.)

Me: “Hey, [Manager], I’m scheduled for this next Monday.”

Manager: “Yeah, we get a double truck that day, so we need extra help.”

Me: “I can’t work Mondays.”

Manager: “Well, it’s been posted. I can’t change it now.”

Me: “I can’t work that day. The system shouldn’t have even let you schedule me for Monday.”

Manager: “Oh, yeah. I took the block out because we really need you Mondays.”

Me: “You realize I need those days off for a reason, right?”

Manager: “You’ll have Tuesday and Wednesday off, though! Isn’t that better?”

(Another manager comes in.)

Manager: “[Other Manager], can you explain to [My Name] that she has to work Monday?”

Other Manager: “What? No! She doesn’t work Mondays! Did you schedule her?!”

Manager: “Yeah, and I removed her block on Mondays. It’s not fair to the rest of the store for her to always get a truck day off—”

Me: “It’s also not fair that I have cancer and have to get chemo every week.”

(The first manager goes pale.)

Manager: “I… Well…”

Other Manager: “[My Name] will not be working Monday.”

(He ended up having to work my shift. He also was banned from making the schedule again.)

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Dying To Be Just Okay

, , , , , , | Related | October 25, 2019

(My grandmother’s friends come into the room and sit down next to me.)

Male Friend: “How are you doing, [My Name]?”

Me: “Okay.”

Male Friend: “Just okay? Not fabulous? Not superb? Not fantastic?”

(I turn and look at my grandmother, who is laying in a hospital bed on life support and is predicted to pass sometime in the next 24 hours.)

Me: “Well, maybe if circumstances were different, I’d be more than okay.”

Male Friend: *stiffly* “Well, you should be using other adjectives than ‘okay.’”

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Your Boss Is A Bit Prickly  

, , , , , | Working | October 25, 2019

(I’m currently on sick leave after donating a kidney, something my boss and overall department took really well, especially considering I couldn’t give a definite answer as to when I’ll be able to return to work. I’ve tried to prepare for my absence as best as I can, but I know my boss is not looking forward to it, as we have a close working relationship and he doesn’t like change. The first Friday after getting home from the hospital, I receive a bouquet of flowers from the office. My colleague quietly lets me know that it was all my boss’s idea, so I send him a separate message after the general thank-you to the department.)

Me: “Thanks for the flowers! I really appreciate the gesture; it was lovely.”

Boss: “Uh-huh. By the fourth week, it’ll be cacti, just so you know.”

(I don’t think too much about it, since that’s just his style of humour, but from then on flowers get delivered every Friday… until week four when, indeed, the delivery guy hands over a potted cactus. Incidentally…)

Me: “[Boss], thanks for the gesture! I think. Also, I think I’m well enough to return to work next week.”

Boss: “Wait, that actually worked?!”

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