On a shopping trip with my mother, we find ourselves browsing kitschy wall decor in a “big box” arts-and-crafts supply store. Mom spies a piece of mass-produced wall art, all text, with the words nearly 12″ high in mirror-polished steel.
MOM: [reading] “Faith. Hope. Love.”
ME: I think it’s from 1 Corinthians. Goes something like, “And these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
MOM: Oh, that makes sense. It’s a Bible reference. But… [gestures down the aisle]
ME: But what?
MOM: The rest of this stuff. It’s just so cheesy. How come nothing else gets any airtime?
MOM: Why don’t any other ideas get a mention? You know, realistic ones.
ME: Such as?
MOM: “Despair. Oblivion. Hatred.”
ME: Dammit, Mom.
MOM: I mean, it’s always the same sappy bullshit. [points to other side of aisle] See? Like this.
ME: [reading] “Live, Love, Laugh.” Ugh, yeah. And here’s another one: “Dream.”
MOM: “Dream?” How about, “Give Up?”
ME: [reading] “Keep Calm and Carry On.”
MOM: No! “Freak Out and Fuck Off!”
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